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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Many Reasons. One Goal.  Walk for Change.

There is still time to register for our 7th Annual Walk for Change on April 22nd!  You can either register online (and save $5) or at Canal Park on the day of the Walk!  Registration starts at 9:30am and the walk will start at 11am! All ages are welcome and you can even bring your four-legged friends as long as they are on a leash!

If you can’t make it to our Walk, then please consider donating to one of our fabulous walkers and fundraisers.  There are a lot of different teams on the , although I must say that the the CAPS and Friends Team is the best option!  So pick any of those team members and donate!  All of the proceeds go to providing for the free services that we offer to survivors and communities. 

Here is how your donations help:
$25 helps BARCC answer two hotline calls.
$75 pays for medical accompaniment to a hospital emergency room by a trained volunteer.
$100 pays for one hour of prevention education and training in the community.
$200 supports the first three sessions of free counseling for survivors and their families.
$1,000 allows a new volunteer or intern to attend BARCC’s comprehensive training program.

People choose to walk for a variety of reasons. Some are survivors and find this experience to be incredibly rewarding, empowering, and supportive.  Others know survivors and this is a way that they choose to support and recognize those friends or family members who were directly affected.  Some walk in order to promote a healthy and violence-free society and to show to others that sexual violence should and CAN be ended.

We are excited to announce that Janet Fine, Executive Director of Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance, will be receiving BARCC’s Beacon Award for outstanding leadership this year!  The Beacon Award is given each year to recognize outstanding leadership in responding to the needs and advancing the rights of survivors of sexual assault.   “Janet has been a steadfast advocate for all victims of violent crime, but has been an extraordinary leader in Massachusetts for children who are sexually abused,” said Gina Scaramella, ED of BARCC, said.  “It is a privilege for BARCC to be able to recognize such an inspiring and dedicated advocate.”


Throughout her career Ms. Fine has been a pioneer for many of the current best practices in caring for victims and advancing victim rights. For instance, during her tenure at MOVA, Ms. Fine founded the Victim Assistance Academy to provide a comprehensive education to newer staff in the public and private victim service arena.  In addition to her work at the helm of MOVA, Ms. Fine is on the board of the National Children’s Alliance, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, the Massachusetts Children’s Alliance and more. 

Help us demonstrate to the Boston community and to survivors that there are people who care and believe that it’s possible to have a society free of sexual violence.  We’ll be there rain or shine! So come out and walk with us!


Written by: Stacey

Posted by stacey on 04/19 at 05:50 PM


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