Thank you for visiting my fundraising page for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center! I am walking for men and women who have been impacted by rape and sexual assault and abuse. This issue affected my life significantly. As a teenager, I questioned whether I had a future, and didn’t know whether my future would hold those things that most people take for granted: love, safety, trust, and happiness.
Fortunately, my story has a happy ending. I was able to heal from these traumas. Today, I lead a happy and productive life and make a positive social and economic impact on society. I have a great job, wonderful friends, and a loving, caring relationship. I pay taxes and I give back to the community in other ways - through service, through my career, and through advocacy.
However, I consider myself one of the lucky ones. Had I come from a family of modest means, my outcome might have been very different. Survivors like me are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, battle lifelong depression, suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, and attempt or commit suicide. This doesn’t include lost work, lost quality of life, and lost potential for positive contributions to the community.
Ending the sexual abuse of children may not happen overnight, but services for victims can significantly increase their chances of not just surviving, but thriving in the world. BARCC is the only provider of comprehensive rape crisis services in the greater Boston area. They provide free services to survivors, family members and the community. That is only possible through donations from people like you.
Here's how your donations can help:
$25 helps BARCC answer two hotline calls.
$75 pays for medical accompaniment to a hospital emergency room by a trained volunteer.
$200 supports the first three sessions of free counseling for survivors and their families.
$1,000 allows a new volunteer or intern to attend BARCC’s comprehensive training program.
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts.
Thank you so very much for your support-- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to get involved!