Sexual assault in Missoula has been an important conversation in recent months.  Just as important is the sometimes chilling effect just the conversation about sexual assault can have on victims.  It's another of the factors that makes this such a difficult issue.

Cindy Weese, executive director of the Missoula YWCA talks about that chilling effect in today's program.  Listen here...

We know that responding to sexual assaults is difficult for all of us.  Mary Pat Hansen of the First Step Resource Center addresses many of the complications in a web posting for the YWCA.  And, she expresses the desire of supporting agencies to make sure that all victims have access to services - whether they are reporting the crime, are undecided about reporting, or choose not to report.  You can read this interesting summary here.