Definition: In Montana, rape is called "sex without Consent," and it is defined as an unwanted penetration of a vagina, anus or mouth by an object or body part. Sexual Assault is when someone has sexual contact with you, but you didn’t want it. This term encompasses things like fondling, attempted rape, and completed rape.
Sexual Assault happens to men as well as women. Men are most likely to be a victim of sexual assault as young boys and teenagers. Some studies suggest that 1 in 6 men have been victims of sexual assault (Tjaden, P. & Thoennes N. “Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women.” Washington D.C., National Institute of Justice, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Nov. 1998).
Women are most likely to be victims of a rape or an attempted rape between the ages 12 and 24. One in three to one in four women will be victims of rape or attempted rape during their college careers (Tjaden, P. & Thoennes N. “Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women.” Washington D.C., National Institute of Justice, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Nov. 1998).
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Stranger rape is rare. Over the past ten years all the reported rape victims at Carroll, except one, have known their assailants. They were either students in the victims’ classes, ex-dating partners, or acquaintances they knew from the resident halls, work, or other on and off-campus places.
Alcohol and sex don’t mix. Over the past nine years, without exception, alcohol was involved with every rape case except one; either one or both people involved in the rape had been drinking. Montana law says that an individual who is incapcitated in some way (drugs, alcohol, injury) CANNOT give consent. This means that you could technically be prosecuted for rape EVEN IF the victim consented but was incapcitated by alcohol or drugs.
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If you've answered "yes" to any of these questions, or you know someone who may need the help of the counseling staff, call the Wellness Center at 406.447.5441 or Kelly Parsley, Victim Advocate, 406.447.4524.
Carroll College has a victim advocate, Kelly Parsley, who is available to help. Call (406) 447-4524. Your contact with Kelly is completely confidential. You can also contact the Wellness Center at (406) 447-5441 to meet with a counselor or nurse. Their services are also free and confidential.
If you desire to go off campus, you can contact the Friendship Center, the Helena center for sexual assault and domestic violence, at 442-6800 or after hours at 1-800-248-3166. All of your conversations with either the counselors or a victim advocate from the Frienship Center are confidential.