About Us

Domestic violence is much more than just physical violence. Abuse can be mental, emotional,
financial, or otherwise. Abuse is about power and control over another person. There is never
an excuse for violence.

Sexual assault is never the fault of the victim- criminals choose to commit crimes; victims don’t
choose to be victims. It doesn’t matter what we’re wearing, what we’ve done in the past, or
whether or not we said yes but then changed our mind. Everyone deserves respect.
Contrary to popular myth, you can be raped or assaulted by your partner. A good partner never
pressures their boyfriend/girlfriend into sex or other physical activities.

Consent is an important part of a healthy sexual relationship. Consent means both people are
willing and enthusiastic about engaging in intimate behavior.
It is your right to protect your emotional and physical boundaries. Everyone deserves to feel
happy, safe, valued and respected.

Stepping Stones is always here as a resource for you to use. We work with all ages and your
time with us is completely confidential. We are not mandated reporters, so we will not call the police or involve people without your consent. We are here to provide education on abuse and
also healthy relationships. This includes relationships with partners, family, peers, or
roommates. Anyone is welcome to call our crisis line if they have concerns, questions, or just
would like a listening ear. We are nonjudgmental and work to empower you by providing you
with the education, tools, and resources you need to move forward.

Does our community really have an issue with domestic violence or sexual assault?

Abuse and sexual assault in Taylor County is much more prevalent than most people realize. The most
common issue is intimate partner violence. A large amount of the sexual abuse we encounter takes
place within families.

Domestic Violence + Sexual Assault
October 1st, 2015 to September 30th, 2016

9% of people reported sexual abuse as their primary victimization type.
Most people report domestic violence as their primary victimization, but later report sexual
abuse as a secondary victimization.