Last week, we talked about the dual-focused violence response teams. Specifically, I addressed some of the very big challenges faced by dual teams. This post will look at some of the benefits of choosing the dual focus teams—this is written in the spirit that the team is able to address all of the … [Read more...] about Focus and Dual Teams: Benefits
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Many rural communities struggle to maintain multiple teams devoted to responding to multiple forms of violence. I frequently get asked if the community can just have one team. This becomes a question of focus and efficacy. Most teams struggle to effectively respond to sexual violence, even … [Read more...] about Focus and Dual Teams: Challenges
This month, I want to tackle the question of team focus. When I say “team focus,” what I mean is the sort of crimes the team spends their time discussing and improving practice and policy. Many teams often struggle to focus on developing a cohesive, compassionate response to adult sexual … [Read more...] about SART Foundations: Why Focus on Adult Sexual Violence?
Participating in the work of a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), especially if it’s long-term, can result in representatives struggling to attend meetings regularly. It is normal and expected for an agency to sometimes not have representation at the meeting—things come up, turnover happens, … [Read more...] about Without a Trace: Approaches to Resolving the Issue of Missing Members
Yesterday was the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20). This is a day that honors all of the Trans identified folks who have been killed as a result of being who they are. We’ve lost hundreds of folks globally due to hate this year alone. Sexual violence disproportionately impacts … [Read more...] about Resources Spotlight: Transgender Survivors
For this post, let’s talk about the people who attend the Sexual Assault Response Team Meeting (SART). The folks who attend the meetings are critical components to the success of any SART. They are the ones who engage in the majority of the work and work on behalf of their agency. So, what is their … [Read more...] about What’s the Role of the Representative Member?
This month, I want to address a hot topic of discussion: membership. This is especially important, given the upcoming holidays and new year on the horizon! In short, without members, no Sexual Assault Response Team can function. This post is dedicated to explore what the role of a member agency is … [Read more...] about What is the Role of the Member Agency?
Happy Wednesday SARTners, You may have noticed that during the month of October, there have been no blog posts. We have had some staff transitions and are working to meet some gaps. You will see posts resume in November. There’s some good content coming your way soon! Until then, … [Read more...] about We will return shortly!
For the final two year celebration/posts in review, I want to bring forward one that folks have cited as really useful. This post is focused on alcohol and victim-blame. However, the strategies listed here are great for any type of victim blame, not just when someone has consumed … [Read more...] about SART Foundations: Addressing Alcohol and Victim Blame