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The BARCC Forum: Conversations for Understanding, Healing, and Social Change is a new event series hosted by the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center that explores the topic of sexual violence within the intersection of other major issues such as race, gender, immigration, economic stability, and mental health. We hope to keep survivors centered within these issues and have their voices feel heard.

Our inaugural forum will feature a keynote conversation with Grace Talusan, author of The Body Papers. In her memoir, Grace explores how the abuse and trauma she suffered as a child affects her relationships, her mental health, and her relationship with her own body. It also covers the intersection of sexual violence, racism, and immigration status and how these issues compound one’s trauma. This conversation will be moderated by Latoyia Edwards, Emmy Award-winning anchor on NBC10 Boston and NECN.

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