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VISTA Creates Database to Track Homeless Families

You may think databases don’t sound too exciting, but for the Ada’s Place Emergency and Transitional Housing Program databases are the cat’s meow. Our AmeriCorps VISTA member has been hard at work since July evaluating our grant reports and intake forms and consulting with Cedar Mountain Software to create a database for collecting statistics and… Read more »

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Girls’ Voices Debuts at LUNAFEST 2013!

LEAD is a project of the GUTS (Girls Using Their Strengths!) program of the YWCAMissoula. Every other week, high school girls meet to discuss issues and ideas important to them. These girls are currently collecting stories from young women in our community that will  inspire a spoken word piece, asking questions such as: What do you want… Read more »

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A Crisis of a Different Sort

There’s nothing like the smell of sewage wafting from the basement to start a cold Tuesday morning at our confidential domestic violence shelter. When a pipe burst in the shelter’s back yard recently, Pathways staff members had to manage a crisis of a different kind: the possibility that there may be no running water for residents while… Read more »

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YWCA Missoula Herstory

Strong Alone. Fearless Together.  In 1894, YWCA USA established Traveler’s Aid services to women who were traveling across the country to larger cities in the West in search of work. YWCA Missoula began as such an agency on April 5, 1911. The organization began with one room across the street from the Post Office on Cedar Street, which is now Broadway…. Read more »

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Stereotypes Hurt: Sexism

This PSA on Sexism is one in three that are part of YWCA Missoula’s Racial Justice Social Marketing Campaign 2011.

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American Indian Health Care PSA

America’s Heath Care System is failing all of us….but it’s especially failing American Indians. For example, Indian women are among the racial groups least likely to get breast cancer. But, when they are diagnosed, they die three times more often than white women. When Congress takes on health care reform this summer, lets make sure… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »