SARTs & Other Professionals
Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs)
Research shows that it takes a coordinated community approach to effectively deal with the multiple needs of a rape or sexual assault victim and to prosecute the offender. According to the Urban Institute’s 2000 Report: Evaluation of the STOP Formula Grants, the conviction rates in rape cases increased dramatically in the communities that chose to formally organize a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). One reason cited for the increase is that there is a greater likelihood that the victim is more willing to cooperate and stay involved in the investigation and prosecution of the case.
A SART is a multidisciplinary team that works collaboratively to provide specialized services for victims of rape and sexual assault. At a minimum the SART should include the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) or medical care provider, a rape crisis advocate, a law enforcement officer, and a prosecutor. Other members may include domestic violence victim advocates, state crime laboratory personnel, and social services staff among others. These team members work together to care for victims, collect evidence and to ultimately increase the prosecution rate of offenders.
MCASA’s SART Program seeks to help counties and regions in Maryland advance, develop, or establish their own Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). For more information about SARTs in Maryland, contact us at 301-328-7023.
VIDEO Sexual Assault Response Team (SART): Partnering for Success (.wmv file)