Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center began as a group of Boston-area women organized as Women Against Rape. Many of these women were, themselves, rape survivors. Their first meeting was held on November 7, 1972, at the Cambridge Women's Center. The group announced the opening of the Center on March 1, 1973, and provided an emergency aid telephone number (492-RAPE). The press release also promised that the Center would provide "detailed medical, legal, and psychological information and referrals...emergency transportation for rape victims and...accompany [individuals] to hospitals and police stations, [as well as to arrange] discussion groups and self-defense classes [for interested individuals]." In its early years the Center was run by volunteers and part-time staff, operating out of a room in the Cambridge Women's Center. As of 2019, the center has two offices, one in Boston, Massachusetts, and the other in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and employs over 50 staff members and has over 200 volunteers. It is considered the second oldest rape crisis center in the country and the oldest in New England. The collection includes minutes, correspondence, flyers, financial information, etc.