August 19, 2018
 
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Walk for Change Raises $315K

April 24, 2018 — The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, a Cambridge-based nonprofit that works to end sexual violence, today announced it raised $315,517 through its Annual Walk for Change, the most ever, beating last year's record by 12%.

The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) said funds raised via the event, held this past Sunday in connection with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, will support services it provides to survivors of sexual violence and their families and friends, which include a 24-7 hotline, counseling, medical advocacy, assistance with legal and financial matters, and community education.

Funds were raised through the grassroots efforts of participating walkers, supplemented by funds raised through registrations and sponsorships.

A total of 1,906 people participated in the event as walkers and volunteers, about 11% more than last year. The event, which features a 2.6-mile walk that begins in Brighton and loops around the Charles River, has been held annually since 2006.

BARCC said many people walking for the first time were taking their first steps toward action after #MeToo to support survivors and learn more about the issue. Twenty area colleges and high schools participated.

“In the midst of a never-ending news cycle revealing to all what we see every day at BARCC, it is so energizing and affirming to see all these people from our communities come together to say to all survivors, 'We believe you,’” said Gina Scaramella, BARCC’s executive director.

She added that “as the #MeToo movement continues and grows, I am hopeful to see so many people taking steps, taking action, to create a real shift in our culture—in our schools, in our workplaces, in our everyday lives—to prevent sexual assault and harassment."

Kennedy Elsey, host of the Mix 104.1 Morning Show, emceed the morning rally, and writer, educator, and activist Jaclyn Friedman delivered the keynote speech. Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley also addressed the crowd and kicked off the Walk.

Sponsors of this year’s Walk for Change included Ropes & Gray, Sherin and Lodgen, Uber; Bay State Milling, Bentley University, Boston IT Services, Goodwin, Goulston & Storrs, Harvard University Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, Morgan Lewis, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Northeastern University, and Sidley; Berklee College of Music, Boston Medical Center, Brandeis University, C3—Commercial Construction Consulting, Inc., Curry College, Delta Tau Delta Northeastern University, Eileen Fisher, Emerson College, Execuspace Construction Corp., Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Isaacson, Miller, Mount Ida College, Partners HealthCare, Rich May P.C., and Riemer & Braunstein LLP.

Established in 1973, BARCC has worked to end sexual violence, by empowering survivors of sexual violence to heal and providing education and advocacy for social change to prevent sexual violence. In addition to supporting survivors of sexual violence and their families and friends, BARCC works with high schools, colleges, police, organizations, and communities to advocate for change by providing training in how to respond to survivors and create cultures that prevent sexual violence in the first place.

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