There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.

-Laurell K. Hamilton

(2006, p.169)

In the U.S.,

1 in 6 women     will endure rape or attempted rape during their life.


(Tjaden & Thoennes, 1998)


Of undergraduate and graduate age students, 11.2% become victims of sexual violence.

And 4.2% of college students are stalked.


(Cantor, Fisher, Chibnall, & Townsend, 2015)

Out of every 1000 rapes, only 6 perpetrators will be sentenced to prison.

Only about 34% of sexual assaults are reported

to the police.

(Truman, J.L. & Langton, L. 2015)

Between 2005-2010, the top 3 reasons given for not reporting the incident was:

  • Fear of retaliation (20%)

  • Believed to be a personal issue (13%)

  • Didn't believe justice would occur (13%)

(Planty, Langton, Krebs, Berzofsky, & Smiley-McDonald, 2013)


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Hamilton, L.K. (2006). Mistral's kiss. New York: Ballantine Books. p.169.

Missouri Division of Behavioral Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). Behavioral health profile: cass county. Retrieved from website

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Domestic Violence

Victim Adovocate Unit

Belton, Missouri

 Police Department

7001 E. 163rd St.
Belton, MO  64012

General Calls: 816.331.5522
Dispatch: 816.331.1500 
TIPS: 816.348.4499 
Fax: 816.322.7057 

Elizabeth Crow

Victim Advocate


Cama Suess

Victim Advocate


Sexual Assault

Upcoming Events 

Sexual Assault Awareness Virtual Event

Be the rock

April 10th, 2020

Your Belton Police Department Victim Service Unit has placed some teal rocks around some high foot trafficked areas. While everyone is out walking and practicing their social distancing, be on the lookout for one of our rocks. If you find one, you can keep it or leave it for the next person to see. We do ask that you take a picture of it and post it on social media with #SAAM #BPDvAU #Yourstorymatters . Also, you can post it on our facebook page.

What we are hoping for with today's event, is even though we all might need these empowering words right now when our world is kind of crazy, there might be people out there who are struggling with being a victim and might need to know that they are not alone and that their story matters.

Do your research

April 11th, 2020

Did you know that the Belton Police Department Victim Service Unit has its own website? BPDVAU.ORG. We believe in fostering a culture that prioritizes consent and respect, and responds to and supports survivors and their allies. One of the ways the unit does this is by keeping several different resources posted here for not only domestic violence, but also for sexual assault.
Not only do we have information and resources but there are several different repatible websites you can visit. RAINN, NSVRC, and MCADSV are a few of them.
Today’s Sexual Assault Awareness Virtual Event, we are asking you do research on Sexual Assault Awareness and how you do your part. Once, you have done this, post to your social media what you have found out with #SAAM #BPDVAU

Donating new undergarments

April 12th, 2020

Sometimes when a victim is sexually assaulted, they might need to give the SANE nurse or the police department their undergarments for evidence. Only 5 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison. This is one of the reasons why it is important for law enforcement to collect all the evidence that they can.


Today’s Sexual Assault Virtual Event we are asking that you purchase undergarments through amazon or your local store and have them shipped to the Belton Police Department or Cass County Sheriff's Office.

When we have a victim of sexual assault and their undergarments are requested for evidence, we will be able to supply this to our victims. This allows the victim to be able to replace them instead of wearing nothing at all under their clothing when they are done.

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