A Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a multidisciplinary team that works collaboratively to make system-wide improvements in response to sexual violence. The core membership of a 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, military members, Title IX staff, state crime laboratory personnel, social services staff, and other professionals who provide services to survivors of sexual violence. The SART members can work cooperatively towards many different goals, including developing protocol, providing cross-training, reviewing cases, and implementing a coordinated, victim-centered community response.
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 or at [email protected]