To be effective, the core membership of a SART should be victim advocates, medical personnel/SANEs, law enforcement, and prosecutors. These are the first responders who are most likely to encounter and respond to sexual assault in the community.
However, there are multiple agencies and individuals within a community who should also be invited to participate on a SART. Any organization to whom a victim is referred to for services or follow-up, any agency that deals with offenders, as well as agencies whose clients may be survivors. When drawing up a list of potential SART members, “thinking outside the box” and including anyone with a stake in the issue will provide a well-rounded, diverse group to help draft and develop the goals and protocols and create the most effective SART possible.
Here are some suggestions for additional members:
- hospital/facility administration
- public health
- domestic violence victim advocates
- addiction treatment
- mental health providers
- child welfare teams
- probation and parole
- offender treatment programs
- college campus staff (Title IX Coordinators, advocacy staff, health services)
- children advocacy center staff; and
- senior and disabilities services.
The SART should reflect the racial and cultural diversity of the community. Consider including any other organization or system that has a stake in improving the community’s response to sexual assault and will be impacted by the development of a SART program.