Rape Myths

The term “rape myth” refers to commonly held beliefs about rape which are untrue.  The repercussions of rape myth include:  victim blaming, under reporting of rape and sexual assault, and not holding perpetrators accountable. COMMON MYTHS ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT   MYTH:  Rape is a sexual crime, impulsively committed by a man for sexual gratification. FACT: … Read more »

Sexual Assault Definition

Statutes and Definitions The term “rape” is not used in the Montana Code Annotated (MCA). Instead, the crimes usually thought of as rape are divided into the crimes of “sexual assault” and “sexual intercourse without consent.” MCA 45-5-502 describes the crime of sexual assault. Sexual Assault occurs when a person who knowingly subjects another person to any sexual… Read more »

Partner or Family Member Assault

In Montana, it is a crime to assault a member of your family or your partner. It is also a crime in Montana to violate a domestic violence protective order.  (1) A person commits the offense of partner or family member assault if the person:      (a) purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury to a partner or… Read more »

Same-Sex Domestic and Sexual Violence

Similarities with Opposite-Sex Relationship Violence: No one deserves to be abused. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, and involve verbal behavior used to coerce, threaten or humiliate. Abuse often occurs in a cyclical fashion. Abuse worsens when one partner in a relationship seeks to leave. The purpose of the abuse is to maintain control… Read more »

Why Do Women Stay?

Why Do Women Stay? The reasons why women stay in violent relationships are complicated. What follows is a breakdown of some of the motives that lead a woman to stay with her abuser. Not all of these factors are found in every case, but a combination of some of them is usually enough to keep… Read more »

For Native American Survivors

The following information comes from the “Native Battering Triangle.” The YWCA offers a weekly talking circle led by Native women, for Native women. Call 543.6691. MALE PRIVILEGE Treats her like a servant. Makes all the big decisions. Acts like the “king of the castle.” Defines men’s and women’s roles. ISOLATION Controls what she does, who… Read more »

Tips For Family And Friends

Behavioral signs to look for if you think a friend or family member is being abused: Cannot do anything without checking with their partner Has become quiet or unusually withdrawn Seldom has any cash and is always making excuses about forgetting money Wears concealing clothing even in hot weather Has bruises when you see him/her… Read more »

Internet Safety

*If you are in danger, please try to use a safer computer that someone abusive does not have direct or remote (hacking) access to. *There is an orange button across the bottom of this website. It is there for your safety. If you are interrupted, you can click the quick escape button on the bottom… Read more »

Assessing the Level of Danger

There are 10 factors that may indicate that you are in a potentially lethal situation. Recognizing three or more of these factors in your relationship, increases the risk of lethality. 1. THREATS OF HOMICIDE OR SUICIDE: Kill her first, then the children, then himself 2. FANTASIES OF HOMICIDE: Plans with specific details 3. DEPRESSION 4. ACCESS TO… Read more »

Is My Relationship Abusive?

Determining if you are in an abusive relationship is very important. While we would like to think that everything will be okay and that it will work out, sometimes this is not the case. The abuser can be of any race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. The following questions will help you determine if you… Read more »