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Friday, October 29, 2010

Stay Classy!

In my last post, I exhorted you to vote for BARCC in the Classy Awards - I’m happy to report that we won in all three categories! We’ve now progressed to the national awards, and we need your help more than ever. We’re going up against some big charities here, and the stakes are high - $25,000 in one category and $10,000 in another.

Why should you vote for BARCC?

Specifically, why should you vote for BARCC if you don’t live in Boston? Because I know you Bostonians know how great BARCC is, and you know about all of the great services we offer. But if you’re in Chicago or Memphis - why vote for BARCC?

Because a vote for BARCC is not just a vote for BARCC. True, it gives us more money to do outreach, to do legal and legislative advocacy; it provides more coverage on the hotline, in the hospital, more counseling, more case management. But, hypothetical nonBostonian, how does that affect you?

Look. Rape and sexual assault are not a fun topic. Frankly, people would rather talk about food banks and soup kitchens, building homes and creating services for the disabled. And all of those are great and worthy causes. But if we win this, dear reader - that is attention to the issue of sexual violence on a national level. Our goal is not just to win the awards, but to start the conversation.

To that end, we’ve partnered with the other nominated rape crisis center, Peace Over Violence. Because it’s not just about us - it’s about fighting sexual violence.

So please go forth and vote for BARCC for Charity of the Year and Most Innovative Use of Social Media, and vote for Peace Over Violence for Most Effective Awareness Campaign! That money and that national recognition would be amazing things for the rape crisis center movement, and it costs you only a few seconds to click. Help us continue to fight sexual violence nationwide!

Posted by Shira on 10/29 at 10:33 AM

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