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Education and Prevention

Learning about Sexual Violence and How to Prevent It

Sexual violence disrupts the lives of survivors and those who care about them. The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) is committed to providing education about sexual violence and how to support survivors, as well as how to create cultures that prevent sexual violence in the first place.

BARCC’s approach to prevention is to encourage and help communities become less tolerant of sexual violence. Everyone in a community has a role to play in making their community safer by promoting healthy beliefs and challenging sexual aggression. Ideas that could have an impact are, for example, adults talking with teens they know about respecting the personal boundaries of others; talking with friends about how abusive behavior choices are made, and having community discussions about how communities can become less accepting of sexual violence and more supportive of healthy sexuality and relationships. 

Through our Youth Leadership Corps, we also empower young people ages 14–19 to become activists, educating their communities about sexual violence and creating change. 

About Sexual Violence

Learn more about sexual violence, including who it affects and how.


Find out about our trainings and workshops for community organizations, schools, and more. 


Materials and support to help educators in their efforts to prevent sexual violence and support survivors in their community.

Outreach and Organizing

Bringing information about BARCC and sexual violence to your communities and helping you create change.

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