Sexual Assault Response Project
The Sexual Assault Response Project (SARP) was developed in response to a lack of accessibility to trained medical forensic examiners (sometimes referred to as SANE programs) for victims of sexual assault. It also addressed difficulties in developing and maintaining a multi-disciplinary team response to sexual assault. The program is funded through a federal grant from the Office on Violence Against Women.
SARP has two primary goals:
- Develop or enhance existing Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) programs in conjunction with medical forensic exam programs; and
- Develop locally based Medical Forensic Exam Programs (MFEP) throughout rural Colorado for adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault.
Sexual Assault Response Team Development Program
The SART development program places a single coordinator in a community to help coordinate SART activities to improve community response to sexual assault. SARTs foster a victim-centered, offender focused approach, while simultaneously developing protocols for community-wide multi-disciplinary responses to sexual assault. These protocols include relevant training and development of processes for performing medical forensic exams, as well as conducting case reviews. Establishing multi-disciplinary SARTs in communities is a nationwide best practice.
For more information about SART teams and SART coordination across the state, contact Lisa.Ingarfield@state.co.us.
Medical Forensic Exam Programs
This program develops locally based, cost-effective, sustainable and victim-centered Medical Forensic Exam Programs (MFEPs) through coordination with local hospital administrators and training of local medical professionals.