Break the Silence

Did you know…. 1 out of 5 undergraduate women and 1 out of 16 undergraduate men experience sexual violence while in college. Fewer than 5% of completed rapes on college campuses are being reported to law enforcement officials.

Please join us on on Tuesday, April 26th at 3:30pm at a rally at Boston City Hall to Break the Silence about sexual violence on college campuses.  We need to get as many people as possible to this rally so please invite all your friends, family, and community to join us.

WHO: Survivors, friends and family, college students, and interested community members.

WHY: To break the silence about sexual violence on college campuses

WHEN: Tuesday, April 26 at 3:30pm

WHERE: Boston City Hall

The rally will include speakers and performers. If you are interested in being a speaker or performer please e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

City Council Hearing

The rally will be followed by a City Council Hearing at 5:00pm on “Sexual Assault Prevention and Reporting on College Campuses”.
At the hearing, the City Council wants to hear from current and former students, friends and family members of survivors of college sexual violence, and concerned community members. They want to hear about:

  • The official response to reports of sexual violence by the college.
  • The support services that were provided to the survivor by the college.
  • The response from the college community.


Speakers can testify in person. If you are interested in testifying, please e-mail BARCC at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call our office at 617.492.8306 and ask to speak to Laura or Tierney.

You can also submit written testimony by mail to: Committee on Women and Healthy Communities, Staff Director Cora Montrond, Boston City Council, 5th Floor, Boston City Hall, One City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA 02201. You can also send it by e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or via fax to 617.635.4203. If you want the testimony to be anonymous, please send it to Peggy Barrett at BARCC, 99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139, or via e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), and we will remove all identifying information.

The rally is being sponsored by Boston City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, Victim Rights Law Center, The Center for Violence Prevention & Recovery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and BARCC.

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