Offering support for victims in Sanders & Mineral Counties in Montana.
Rape is a form of sexual assault, but not all sexual assault is rape. The term rape is often used as a legal definition to specifically include sexual penetration without consent. For its Uniform Crime Reports, the FBI defines rape as “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
Crisis Helpline: 1-800-265-0415 or 406-827-3745
Sexual assault is an act, verbal and/or physical, which can include several kinds of kinds of crimes such as rape, incest, fondling, sexual harassment, date and acquaintance rape, child molestation, marital rape, sexual exploitation of clients by professionals, exposure, and voyeurism.
Sexual assaults are acts of violence which are motivated primarily out of anger and/or a need to feel powerful by controlling, dominating, or humiliating the victim. Victims/survivors of sexual assault are forced, coerced, and/or manipulated to participate in unwanted sexual activity. Victims/Survivors do not cause their assaults and are not to blame. Offenders are responsible for the assault.
Rape is NOT an expression of sexual desire but of other non-sexual needs. Rape is being forced to perform a sexual act against your will and without your consent. It is an act of violence, intimidation, power, aggression, and control.
Rape is sudden and terrifying. It happens to both women and men. It occurs in all neighborhoods, social classes, religions and ethnic backgrounds.
Rape can be committed by a stranger, but more often the perpetrator is someone the victim has known and trusted.
Rape can involve force or the very threat of force. Rape can also happen when a person is persuaded or coerced into performing sexual acts. The victim does not have to be threatened with a dangerous weapon or be injured for an incident to be considered rape.
Many statues now define rape as nonconsensual sexual penetration by physical force, by threat of bodily harm, or when the victim is incapable of giving consent by virtue of mental illness, mental retardation, or intoxication. Legally, acquaintance/date rape carries the same penalties as sexual assault committed by a stranger.
1.GO TO A SAFE PLACE.
2. TELL SOMEONE.
3. DO NOT COVER UP A PHYSICAL INJURY.
4. DO NOT BATHE.
5. DO NOT DOUCHE.
6. DO NOT CHANGE CLOTHES.
7. CALL A LOCAL RAPE CRISIS LINE. If in Sanders County, call the Sanders County Coalition for Families at 1-800-265-0415, or
8. CALL THE POLICE or 911.
9. GET MEDICAL ATTENTION.
10. OBTAIN COUNSELING.
KNOW THIS... If you say "NO" and that is not honored, it is rape. YOUR BODY BELONGS TO YOU. YOU DECIDE THE KIND OF PHYSICAL CONTACT YOU HAVE WITH SOMEONE.