THE ROLE OF COMMUNITY-BASED SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE TEAMS (SART)
For years communities across the United States have struggled with how to improve their response to sexual assault. From the reporting officer to the local hospital to the local prosecutor, protocol varies from region to region. Problems are often amplified in rural and remote areas where resources are not typically at hand.
Among the most popular approach to aide this issue is to implement a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). A SART, as defined by National Sexual Violence Resource Center, is “a collection of professional service providers and officials that respond essentially as a group, and in a timely fashion, to the various needs of rape victims.”
Core team members on the Mahoning Valley SART include professionals from the fields of law enforcement, victim advocacy/victim services, prosecutors or legal affiliates, and health care. The roles of each team member vary, but the goal remains the same – to ensure each survivor is addressed thoroughly by means of team and community care.
The SART concept is that communities can design these teams specifically to overcome local problems and build upon local strengths. The SART reflects a collaborative approach that works to aid our community coordinate victim-centered responses to sexual violence, focus on the causes, consequences, and issues regarding sexual violence, to collaborate with other organizations that support SART, improve public policy, and to provide community outreach and education regarding sexual violence.
How can I receive services?
The SART itself does not provide services but it coordinates the efforts of those that do and/or helps resolve problems for survivors that may be encountering barriers in accessing services. To reach someone from the Mahoning Valley SART, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need more immediate support regarding a sexual assault, please contact your local Rape Crisis service provider.
How can I help?
The Mahoning Valley SART is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit within the State of Ohio governed by a volunteer board of directors. You can help the SART in a number of ways:
Come to a meeting to learn more about our efforts
Invite us to speak to your group about sexual violence in our community
Join a SART Subcommittee
Make a monetary donation to help fund community education and outreach
Like and Follow us on social media
Let a survivor you know about SART and the affiliated services for victims
Mahoning Valley SART Executive Board
Detective Brian McGivern, Canfield Police Department, President
Alicia Williamson, Someplace Safe, Vice President
Elaine Kloss, Christina House Domestic Violence Shelter, Treasurer
Jennifer Varley Gray, COMPASS Family & Community Services
Chief Charles Van Dyke, Milton Township Police Department
Detective Tyrone Hyshaw, Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office
Jan Gorsuch, Akron Children’s Hospital
2020 Meeting Schedule
Meetings begin at 10am at the Boardman Township Government Center.
In order to stay safe and in compliance with state and local directives, MV SART meetings are being held virtually for the rest of 2020. To receive an online invitation to the upcoming meetings, please email JGray@COMPASSFamily.org.