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YWCA Helps Rape Victims

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With Judge Baugh's recent comments, victim advocates worry women might be wary to report rapes. In 2012, the Billings Police Department reported there were 25 sexual assaults. Forty-four percent of victims are under the age of 18. Eighty percent of victims are under the age of 30. Approximately, two-thirds of the assaults are committed by someone who knows the victim. Ninety-seven of rapists never spend a day in jail. More than half of all sexual assaults are not reported to police. The YWCA explains why it's important to speak out.

"Every person who speaks up may give a voice to someone else who hasn't been strong enough yet and often times the victim feels that their the anyone that has been in this situation or something like this happened too." Erin Lambert said. Lambert also said that reporting to a hospital program or advocacy program allows the healing process to begin.

"When they hear other stories they realize they're not alone and gain the courage to come forward," Lambert said. For more information the YWCA has a 24-hour hotline you can call. The number is 406-245-4472.