The series of home-invasion rapes that occurred last year in Billings put our entire community on alert. People started locking doors — all the time — and hundreds of women turned out for a self-defense class organized by the Billings Police Department at Montana State University Billings.
A woman was bloodied and choked to unconsciousness by her domestic partner. But with support from Gateway House at the YWCA, the victim ended the abusive relationship, and with help from her case manager, she landed a new job and is now in a healthy relationship.
The campaign is simple. Zonta Says No.
Rape is a brutal crime shrouded in secrecy and myth. Those sad facts have become more evident in recent weeks with news reports of rape investigations in Missoula involving female University of Montana students alleging attacks by UM football players.