Masculinity and Self-Defense

Teenage boys are not always the most eager audience for a self-defense class. Too often, gender expectations get in the way of learning. An important aspect of self-defense is refusing to let yourself be provoked—if an acquaintance or a stranger starts poking at your...

Why Didn’t She Report?

Content Warning: This post contains descriptions of predatory behavior I’ve heard the question, “Why didn’t she report it?” so many times I’ve run out of walls to bang my head on. It’s a question no one would be asking if we all took a genuine hard look at ourselves...

IMPACT Awarded Raliance Grant

IMPACT Boston is thrilled to announce that we are headed into the exciting world of adaptive sports. We were recently one of 11 programs in the country to be awarded a grant from Raliance, a national organization dedicated to preventing sexual violence. IMPACT will...

Staff Spotlight: Jeanine Buonopane

Meet Jeanine, a Peer IMPACT Peer Leader Trainer who has been involved with IMPACT for 3 years. Jeanine co-leads Peer IMPACT—our leadership program that brings together middle school students with and without disabilities to challenge bullying and make their school...

Reversing the Bystander Effect

“Bystander” is a powerful concept. Few things are more comforting in the face of danger than the presence of someone who is willing to intervene on your behalf. Few things are more terrifying than the absence of help. But witnesses to violence are also notoriously...