Sexual Assault Response Team
The Washington County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a coalition of 11 public and private community agencies working together to serve victims of sexual assault and to engage in educational activities to prevent sexual assault. SART consists of victim advocates, police detectives, forensic evidence specialists, forensic nurses, prosecutors and corrections officers.
The SART meets monthly to ensure that sexual assault victims in Washington County receive the best quality treatment and service. When a sexual assault occurs, a victim will typically have contact with a police officer, medical personnel, victim advocates and a prosecutor. After the offender is sentenced, the Community Corrections Department also plays an important role in community safety by tracking and supervising sex offenders. The SART brings all of these groups to the table for a comprehensive perspective on potential issues.
The SART members also provide education to the community with a focus on awareness. Knowledge is power and increased citizen awareness of facts surrounding sexual assaults and the services available to victims will bring positive outcomes for victims and our community.