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Media Inquiries

As part of our vision to end sexual violence through healing and social change, BARCC is committed to raising awareness of sexual violence and the issues surrounding it. The news media can play a powerful role in educating the public about sexual violence, and we are happy to work as partners with and resources for our colleagues in the news media to provide accurate information to the community.

If you are working on a story about sexual violence, please e-mail us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We can provide facts, current research, expert commentary, and, in some limited cases, survivor contacts. In order to respect the privacy of those we serve as well as that of our staff, please observe the following BARCC policies regarding media and publicity:

  • All media requests should be e-mailed to Jessica Atcheson, BARCC's marketing and communications manager, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
  • BARCC does not generally permit photographs to be taken on-site at our offices. We may be able to supply you with our own photos or stock photographs for use.
  • We can sometimes, with advance notice, connect reporters with survivors who have agreed to share their story. BARCC does not share information about survivors or their stories unless granted prior permission by the survivor.
  • Since many survivors are likely to read media stories related to BARCC or to sexual assault, we ask that our hotline number (800-841-8371) be included in the body of a story or in a sidebar.

Note: If you are a student looking to speak to someone solely for a class project or assignment that will not be published, please submit requests to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at least two weeks in advance. 

Resources

Biography of BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella

Gina Scaramella is a national expert in solutions for ending sexual violence. She has provided guidance to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in methods of primary prevention of sexual violence and is on the leadership team of the National Vicarious Trauma Toolkit project of the Institute of Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University. She collaborates regularly with rape crisis centers across the country in developing and sharing best practices, and has served on the boards of many intimate partner violence and sexual assault prevention programs.

At BARCC, Gina has overseen development of the organization’s tools for prevention of sexual abuse in early childhood programs and its Access to Forensic Information Project. She has also forged partnerships with multiple organizations across Massachusetts, including the MBTA, which has resulted in a first-in-the country campaign to address sexual harassment on public transportation.

Gina’s work in the field began in 1989 when she volunteered for BARCC’s hotline. She joined the staff six years later as a medical and legal advocate, and she helped develop the state’s SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program, which  trains professionals in how to conduct forensic sexual assault exams and which is a national model in the collection of sexual assault evidence. In 2003, Gina became executive director, where she has focused BARCC’s efforts on providing the best services to clients while also addressing gaps in care and prevention by promoting systemic and policy changes at local, state, and federal levels. Scaramella holds an LICSW license and earned her master of social work degree from Boston University.

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