Sexual Assault or Sexual Abuse can happen to anyone. Offenders should be held responsible for their actions. The most important thing to remember when someone discloses this to you, especially when it is a child, is to tell the victim the three most important words, “I BELIEVE YOU.”
If you, a family member, or a friend needs help…
Remember, no one asks to be abused. Victims are not at fault, the perpetrator is. Committing sexual assault or domestic violence is a crime and we need to hold individuals responsible for their criminal behavior.
If you have been abused, your immediate safety is first. If you are in danger, try to go to a safe place. Reach out for support. You deserve it!
If you are in immediate danger, call 911 and ask for emergency assistance or call your local program or one of the National Hotlines below. If you want more information, click on their names to go to their associated Web sites.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN)
National Teen Dating Violence Hotline
Related Topics & Resources
Home computers, tablets and smart phones can pose a security threat if you are being abused because the abuser might be able to view your emails, browsing history and even log your keystrokes – knowing everything you do online.
Learn more about internet precautions you can take
Women’s Law Initiative:
A nationwide online resource for women and girls living with or escaping domestic violence. The entire site is set up to provide information on a state-by-state basic, including Montana, on how to obtain a protective order, how to find a courthouse, and other links and resources