Rape and Sexual Assault

Rape and Sexual Assault Outreach

                     Dedicated to serving the needs of women and men who suffer the trauma  of sexual assault and violence.

             If you or someone you know is a victim of rape or sexual assault, please get help immediately. Contact The Friendship Center at (406) 442-6800 or RAIN (Rape, Abuse, Incest Network) at 1-800-656-4673.

 

Staying Safe

Here are some things you can do to help keep yourself safe from rape or sexual assault:

  • Be aware of your surroundings, where you are and who is around you.
  • Try to avoid isolated areas or being alone with someone you don’t trust or know.
  • Walk with purpose.  Confident body language can deter violent crime.
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation feels uncomfortable it probably isn’t safe.
  • Practice safe drinking.  Do not leave drinks unattended or allow alcohol to control your behavior.
  • Go with friends to parties and let each other know if something is making you uncomfortable or concerned about your or a friend’s safety.

 

Facts about Rape and Sexual Assault

             Sexual assault is any unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature that occurs without consent from both individuals or under threat or coercion. Whether by a spouse, an acquaintance or by a stranger, sexual assault can occur either forcibly and/or against a person’s will, or when a person is incapable of giving consent. 
            A person is legally incapable of giving consent if under 18 years of age, intoxicated by drugs and/or alcohol, developmentally disabled, or mentally or physically unable to do so.

  • 1 out of 6 women will be the victim of a rape or attempted rape during her lifetime. In this country, someone is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes.  Someone is raped every 8 minutes.
  • In most cases (76%), the perpetrator is not a stranger.  Men are 10% of rape victims.
  • It is estimated that only 40% of sexual assaults are reported, often because of the relationship between the perpetrator and the victim.
  • Rape victims are likely to suffer from feelings of depression and other symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, such as nightmares and flashbacks.  They are much more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol because of the rape and 4 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims.

If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual violence, please get help now.