Sexual Assault Response Project
The Sexual Assault Response Project (SARP) was developed in response to an identified lack of sexual assault victim accessibility to trained medical forensic examiners in rural areas and difficulties in developing and maintaining a multi-disciplinary team response to sexual assault.
SARP has two primary goals.
1) To develop or enhance existing Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) programs in conjunction with medical forensic exam
2) To develop locally based Medical Forensic Exam Programs (MFEP) throughout rural Colorado for adult and adolescent victims of
Sexual Assault Response Team Development Program
The SART development program places a single coordinator in a locality to help coordinate SART activities at large. The team development program is fostered by these individuals who promote 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.
For more information about SART teams and SART coordination across the state, please visit our SART coordinator webpage.
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. The training programs, conducted by Colorado Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), consist of a basic training that can range from two to eight hours and covers working with sexual assault victims, Colorado law, the provision of medical forensic exams, and courtroom testimony basics. Additional training, typically two to four hours long, focus on specific areas such as forensic photography, drug-facilitated sexual assault, and experiential courtroom testimony. SARP is developing a clinical practice training program so medical forensic examiners who have completed the basic training program can acquire clinical experience.
Sexual Assault Response Project Funding
The program is funded through a federal "Arrest" grant from the Office on Violence Against Women.