Baltimore City Releases SART One-Year Report and Launches Rape Helpline Outreach Campaign with Support of MCASA
Baltimore City announced today the release of a detailed report which tracks the activities and progress of the City’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) during the course of the past year. The SART team, of which MCASA and MCASA’s Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) are members, has been working cooperatively since July 2010 to address the City’s handling of rape and sexual assault cases following a Baltimore Sun investigation that revealed that Baltimore had the highest percentage of unfounded rape cases of any city in the country for the past four years.
The report, produced by MCASA, details the SART’s activities, including the work of an audit committee which reviewed 134 cases of rape and/or sexual assault that had been unfounded between January 2009 and August 2010.
Additionally, MCASA played a key role in developing a city-wide outreach campaign to help sexual assault victims. The goal of the Rape Is Not Your Fault campaign is to promote the City’s helpline, a 24-hour hotline with a trained staff that connects rape victims with assistance and resources.
The City’s rape helpline is available to take calls from victims of rape and sexual assault 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 443-279-0379. All calls are free and confidential.
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CLICK HERE to learn more about the Rape Is Not Your Fault Campaign