Timing is Everything

  I just completed IMPACT Boston’s 20-hour women’s core self-defense course. I’ve wanted to take one of these courses ever since the 1990s but I didn’t for a myriad of reasons. To say that I had one of the most physically and emotionally grueling 20-hour...

Survivors Teaching Survivors

Adriana Li is a Program Coordinator who has been with IMPACT Boston since July 2017. Adriana has a theater background but her passion for human service work led her on a career path that eventually landed her at IMPACT. She identifies as a survivor of child abuse, as...

When It’s One Of Us

Since the beginning of the #MeToo movement, there have been many unsurprising revelations about men using their positions of power to harass and assault women with impunity. There have also been some surprising revelations—people whose public work reflected a...

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...