Every year, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) holds the annual Walk for Change: an inspiring day of community, awareness, healing, and hope. It is the largest gathering in New England raising awareness of sexual violence and showing visible community support for survivors.
Survivors, friends, family members, activists, and others who share BARCC’s mission come together to send a message as a community: we are dedicated to ending sexual violence through healing and social change.
The fun and festive event includes a lovely 2.8-mile loop along the East Boston Greenway, music, face painting, food trucks, sign making, bubbles, temporary tattoos, team photos, button making, dog goodies, and more!
In 2018, more than 1,900 attendees took part in the Walk for Change and set a fundraising record of $235,000 raised for BARCC services. The event is attended by a diverse group of BARCC supporters, including survivors, BARCC staff and volunteers, local colleges and universities, community groups, other nonprofit organizations, corporate sponsors, and individual donors.
The event takes place during the month of April as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).