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.