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Local Resources

YWCA Pathways Program Shelter, support groups, 24-hour hotline 406.542.1944/1.800.483.7858 Crime Victim Advocates Criminal Justice Assistance & Orders of Protection: (406) 258-3830 First Step at St. Patrick Hospital Serving children, families, adults Investigation services, assessment, treatment, education, prevention 406.329.5776 SAFE- Ravalli County  SAFE offers emergency shelter to families who are being victimized by domestic violence.  Ravalli County Twenty-Four… Read more »

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STD Information

In most cases STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) and STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) are transmitted through sexual activity involving the transfer of sexual fluids or skin-to-skin contact. How are STIs Spread? STIs can be spread several different ways. Infections can be sexually spread through vaginal, anal or oral intercourse, or contact without penetration (e.g. chlamydia, syphilis)…. Read more »

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Information For Male Survivors

There are many myths surrounding sexual assault. The truth is that sexual assault can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race, socioeconomic status, ability, religion, sexual orientation, or gender, yet male sexual assault is a startling reality for many men: Research indicates that about 1 in 6 boys (18 and under) and 1 in 10… Read more »

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Facts About Men & Rape

Unfortunately, many people do not realize that men, as well as women, may be sexually assaulted. Many people also wrongly believe that only gay men get raped, and that assaults against men are committed by gay men. Such misconceptions about rape may affect the way males rape survivors are treated, both by peers and professionals…. Read more »

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Helping a loved one

There are many ways that you can help a friend or family member who has been a victim of rape or sexual violence: Believe them. Listen. Be there. Don’t be judgmental. Be patient. Remember, it will take your loved one some time to deal with the crime. Don’t investigate. It is not your job to… Read more »

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Dating Bill of Rights

Expressing what you are comfortable with and are not comfortable with, what you want and don’t want, is simply and fundamentally every person’s right in every situation, including those regarding dating and sex. Knowing your rights in dating and social situations may help you in making decisions and in defining and maintaining your boundaries. A… Read more »

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Legal Concerns

Making a Police Report With accurate information about the law and support for their feelings, many sexual assault survivors choose to report the crime and participate in a criminal case against the perpetrator. It is not an easy process for survivors, but some have found it to be helpful in their healing journeys. If you… Read more »

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Was I drugged during the assault?

Drug-facilitated sexual assault is defined as an assault wherein an offender uses an anesthetic-type drug that renders the victim physically incapacitated or helpless and unable to consent to sexual activity. In some situations a person willingly ingests drugs or alcohol and the offender takes advantage of a victim’s diminished state of mind. In other situations… Read more »

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Surviving Rape and Sexual Assault

As with any traumatic event, survivors of sexual assault or rape can experience an array of feelings and reactions in response to what they have been through (sometimes called Rape Trauma Syndrome.) These symptoms can be experienced even if the survivor does not identify what happened to her or him as “rape” or “sexual assault”…. Read more »