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Monday, November 28, 2016

Upcoming Community Events: Healing and Action

“What can I do?” “How can I help?”

These are two questions BARCC has been hearing over and over throughout this election cycle. We’ve been inspired and moved by the outpouring of support—and also reminded that the need for services like ours is greater than ever. As more and more survivors and their significant others reach out to talk to us about how the events of the past months have been affecting them, we want them to know they are not alone.

As an agency committed to ending sexual violence through healing and social change, we want to make sure all people in our communities are supported. There have been many individuals who have reached out to us in recent weeks to say that they feel frustrated, sad, helpless, and more. No one is alone in experiencing these feelings. At the same time, we know that no one is powerless to do something about the world we live in. Whether you are a survivor or someone who is interested in supporting the community, we all have the power to effect change.

We hope that you will join us on December 8 for a place to talk and heal, and on December 15 to learn how you can take action. You are welcome to RSVP to one or both events, and we will keep you up to date as more are scheduled for the future. Please let us know if you need any accommodations in order to attend, and feel free to contact volunteer@barcc.org with any questions.

Be Hope: Healing as a Community

This workshop is for survivors, their loved ones, and anyone feeling affected by the amount of sexual violence in the media coverage during the election. We are opening up our space to provide support to our community at this challenging time.

When: Thursday, December 8, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Where: Family Justice Center, 989 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

RSVP: Please fill out this Google form to RSVP. To help spread the word, you can also respond on Facebook and share with your networks.

  • Share and support one another as people affected by sexual violence and passionate about ending it
  • Learn about how coverage of the election can trigger trauma responses for survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones
  • Discuss how feelings of safety and trust have been affected and brainstorm ways to rebuild sense of safety and trust after experiencing trauma
  • Find ways to come together as a community to support survivors and one another
  • Learn more about BARCC services and ways you can get involved

Be Hope: Take Action to End Sexual Violence

This workshop is open to anyone in our community who wants to learn concrete tools to support survivors and all people who are feeling targeted at this challenging time. BARCC’s Bystander Intervention training will prepare you to notice when something is not right, assess the situation, and take action to disrupt and prevent violence or harassment against people who are vulnerable in our communities. Creating a safer culture starts with you, and we will help you practice techniques to intervene safely.  

When: Thursday, December 15, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Where: Family Justice Center, 989 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

RSVP: Please fill out this Google form to RSVP. To help spread the word, you can also respond on Facebook and share with your networks.

  • Build skills for safely acting to challenge inappropriate sexual and violent behaviors
  • Practice intervening in a variety of scenarios pulled from news of recent events so that you feel prepared for what you may encounter
  • Learn more about BARCC services and ways you can get involved

Hope to see you there!

Posted by Jessica L. Atcheson on 11/28 at 02:14 PM

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