SAFETY ALERT:
Computer use can be monitored and is almost impossible to completely clear. If you are in danger, please either call 911 or find a safer computer to use.
Call the National Domestic Violence Hot line at 1-800-799-SAFE or your local victim's shelter program. To exit quickly, click on ESCAPE, provided on each page.
Community Resources
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, contact any of the following resources for help; Artemis House,  605-642-7825 or 1-800-999-2348
Black Hills State University Counseling Center, any hospital emergency room or clinic
law enforcement, school counselor or school resource officer, priest or pastor, trusted adult or friend, county health nurse, or teacher. The national sexual assault hotline - 1-800-565-HOPE.
What do to - where to start;
  • It is important for victims to take care of their physical needs.
  • Don't be afraid to go to the emergency room or doctor.
  • It is important that victims have someone they can talk to and trust.
  • Contact an advocate at a rape center or domestic violence prevention program. Their services are confidential. 
Recovery - What to look for and typical reactions in victims;
  • A person may have sustained visible injuries, contracted a sexually transmitted disease or become pregnant.
  • Victims will most likely feel alone and afraid.
  • A person may have trouble sleeping or feel depressed.
  • A person often does not want to tell anyone or reach out for help.
Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
Butte and Lawrence County
 
Mission - to provide education and increase awareness about sexual assault in order to prevent sex crimes, provide quality services to victims, and hold offenders accountable for their actions.
 
Butte/Lawrence Sexual Assault Team was formed in 2010 in order to create a uniform response to sexual assault in our communities. Representatives from law enforcement, states' attorney's offices, regional health hospitals, Artermis House and Black Hills State University make up the team.
 
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is a crime. Any unwanted sexual contact is sexual assault. It does not matter if there is a current or past relationship between the victim and offender. Anyone can be a victim of sexual assault. In a majority of cases the perpetrators know their victim.
Facts
  • When an assault is reported, the victim will be encouraged to report it to law enforcement. An advocate will be available to help with this. However it is an adult victim's choice as to whether to report or not.
  • No one deserves to be sexually assaulted even if they have been drinking. When an assault is reported, the focus is placed on helping the victim. Hospital staff, police and advocates are trained to understand the effects of sexual assault trauma. They understand that alcohol or drugs may have been used to alter a persons memory of the events.
  • Counselors, advocates and hospital staff provide confidential services.
  • Most sexual assaults occur with someone known to the victim.
  • Men, women and children can be victims of sexual assault.
Remember - assailants are responsible for their actions.
 
SEXUAL ASSAULT IS NEVER
THE VICTIM'S FAULT.
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