Category: Current Events

It’s Ok Not to be Ok – Especially Right Now

By Mikaela Calcagni If you are like me, you have been spending more time scrolling through social media while self-quarantining. With that, I’ve seen many people posting messages about “making the most” out of this pandemic and the free time that comes with it. For those people who have picked up a new hobby or have finally started that novel they have wanted to write, that’s…

Thoughts on Collective Trauma in the Wake of COVID-19

A profound and meaningful loss of control. I’ve written this definition of trauma on white boards and easels, large post-it paper, and in PowerPoint presentations. I’ve said these words out loud hundreds, probably thousands of times, to audiences ranging from a few middle school students to hundreds of clinicians and medical professionals. But these words felt so different when I said them to my colleagues recently….

Playing like a girl: Thoughts on the World Cup

Among other things, I’m known around the REACH office for liking and playing soccer. I have more than once coordinated a World Cup watch party during lunch hour(s) in our training room and I often talk about the weekly Wednesday night games I play with my coed soccer team. I began playing when I was a young child. When I was a little girl, my dad…

This is Your House: Lobbying for the Safe Communities Act

By Ally Slocum, REACH Intern The Massachusetts State House is impossible to miss on Beacon Hill- it’s huge, elevated on a hill and boasts a golden dome. The State House is open for visitors – individuals can take tours, explore or even speak with a representative. Yet, despite its open-door policy, going to the State House to speak with a representative is a lot like the…

New Title IX Proposal Fails to Support Survivors

By Lauren Puglisi, REACH Intern In November of last year, The Department of Education, headed by Secretary Betsy DeVos, proposed changes to Title IX, the law which prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs. The new proposal increases the rights of the accused and decreases college’s liability to investigate incidents of harassment. As a college student interning with REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, these proposed changes deeply upset…

Not buying it? You already have.

Thoughts on the reactions to Gillette’s new campaign I am sitting in the car listening to a remembrance about Jack Bogle, investing hero, who died yesterday at 89. Bogle firmly believed in capitalism, and railed against the greed that permeated investing. He hoped that future generations could be more idealistic and “clean up the mess.” Those words caught my ear as I had been thinking about…

Why We Care About Transgender Equality (And What We Should Do About It!)

By Isabel Cushing, REACH Intern  This past Monday, I sat across from my grandma at an Italian restaurant in Boston, munching on garlic bread in the summer air. We looked over the menu and chatted about my packing list for school, and I laughingly complained about sore wrists and biceps from scooping ice cream at work earlier that day. I was completely at ease with our…

Whose House? Our House!

by Lauren Montanaro, Community Engagement Specialist, and Molly Pistrang, Youth Education Specialist You would think that two Preventionists, two educators who talk to people about abusive and healthy relationships for their jobs, would be completely comfortable talking to their legislators.  You’d be wrong. This year was the first time either of us attended Jane Doe Inc.‘s annual Day of Action (a statewide day of legislative advocacy around…

Why REACH Supports the Safe Communities Act

“I am afraid.” “I am worried about my kids.” “I feel like I am walking on eggshells.” “What if, by trying to get help, I make things worse?” As advocates for survivors of domestic violence, we hear words like these often. Survivors live with pervasive fear at home. But now, many of these survivors are afraid of something else: the world outside their homes. In our…

How Proposed Changes to Health Care Could Affect DV Survivors

By Colleen Armstrong, PEAR (Prevention, Education, Advocacy and Response) Program Coordinator at Salem State University and former Education Program Manager at REACH. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass health care legislation designed to roll back many facets of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”) and implement a new system, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This latest version of the bill allows…