BARCC in the News

Below are selected recent news stories that quote BARCC staff:

What You Need to Know about the New Uber and Lyft Background Checks, Metro Boston, January 5, 2017
"Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), said that in her experience, CORI checks, as well as the sex offender registry, are pretty ineffective when it comes to incidents of sexual assault. 'Because it is so rare to be convicted [of sexual assault] and be on a registry, in terms of the number of total incidents, that can’t stand alone by any means,' she said. Sexual assaults are commonly underreported and thus underrepresented in the number of convictions, she said."

Shutting Down Locker Room Talk, WGBH News, January 5, 2017
In this op-ed, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella highlights the dangers of dismissing "locker room talk" and the need for colleges and universities to adequately address it for effective prevention of sexual violence. 

On Giving Tuesday, you have many excellent choices, Boston Globe, November 24, 2016
"BARCC is the only center of its kind in Greater Boston that provides resources for sexual assault survivors and their families. Donations go toward funding a 24-hour hotline, emergency room accompaniment, counseling, legal assistance, and prevention programs."

Sexual Assault: You, Yes YOU, Can Make A Difference!, WGBH News, November 16, 2016
"We will never end the epidemic of sexual assault until our first instinct is to ask why someone would commit such an assault in the first place and our second is to ask why most people who witness these events fail to intervene," writes BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella in this op-ed. 

MBTA launches new anti-sexual harassment campaign, Boston Globe, November 3, 2016
"The MBTA has launched a new anti-sexual harassment campaign to encourage victims and bystanders to report incidents. . . . The campaign was created by MASS Collaboration, a partnership between the MBTA, the MBTA Transit Police, the Boston Center for Independent Living, and the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center."

Suspect Arrested In Connection With South End Sexual Assault, WBZ News, August 24, 2016
After an assault in Boston's South End, WBZ spoke with Stephanie Trilling, our director of community awareness and prevention services, about what people can do to look out for one another in the face of all sorts of sexual violence: "You can call the police, you can get someone else involved, you can check in with someone after the fact and say 'Hey, I saw that interaction, are you OK?'" 

Criminal justice system ill-prepared to tackle cases of sexual violence, Boston Globe letter to the editor by Gina Scaramella, July 16, 2016
"Deep-rooted attitudes and myths about sexual violence frame our criminal justice system. That there were a mere 305 rape convictions in Massachusetts in 12 years only begins to tell this story. In 2015 alone, advocates at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center accompanied 425 survivors, and this was just at Boston-area hospitals."

Assault on visually impaired woman is 'deeply disturbing,' Walsh says, Boston Globe, June 21, 2016

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