- Around Campus
- Around the Hub
- Opinions & Editorials
- The Week’s End
On Sunday April 12, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center will hold it’s annual Walk for Change in Brighton, MA. This walk will bring together thousands of supporters and survivors committed to joining the fight against sexual violence.
BARCC, the only rape crisis center in the greater Boston area, has been leading the movement to end sexual violence by offering completely free services to those in need since 1973. The Center provides a 24-hour hotline, 24-hour medical advocacy, individual and group counseling, as well as legal advocacy. Funds raised through this event allow BARCC to continue to offer completely free services to survivors of rape, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse throughout Cambridge and 28 other communities in the greater Boston area, which included helping over 4,000 survivors in 2014.
“Just last year, BARCC received almost 5,000 phone calls from survivors and supporters who were in need of our services,” said Gina Scaramella, Executive Director of BARCC. “Because of the continuous generosity and support given to us by the Greater Boston community and beyond, we are able to provide survivors with thousands of counseling and legal help sessions to assist them in their road to recovery.”
Festivities and registration will open at 8:30 am at DCR’s Artesani Park (1255 Soldier’s Field Road, Brighton), followed by the Walk kick-off and speaking program from 9:30-10:00 am. After participants complete the 2.6 mile loop along the Charles River, they will to be greeted by a post-event celebration with food trucks, music, fun and games until 2 pm.
In addition to the Walk’s festivities, BARCC will present the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery with the Beacon Award. This award is presented each year to an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond in the fight to end sexual violence. In particular, the Center will be recognized for its generosity in facilitating a parent support group for the BARCC staff who appreciate the care and attention this gives them to continue their work while supporting their families.
Click here to register for the walk.
Registration fee and schedule info:
Adult: $30 each
Dogs (on a leash, please): $5 per pooch
Groups of 20+ may register for $15 per Walker. E-mail email@example.com for details.
Kyla Burke is a staff writer and editor of The Week’s End. Follow her on Twitter at @kkb_ .