The Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Response Team (SR-SART) is a multidisciplinary interagency team of individuals working collaboratively to provide services for Bulloch, Jenkins and Screven counties by offering specialized sexual assault intervention services and is dedicated to ending sexual abuse so that we all can enjoy safer communities, healthier families and happier lives. Our work focuses on providing information and resources to help create safer communities through prevention and effective public policy, to provide victims with recovery through healing and restitution, and to provide offenders with the tools to be accountable for their actions and to work towards rehabilitation.
SR-SART also helps each community in our designated coverage area to connect with various experts in the field, to learn from each other, and to receive customized assistance. SR-SART promotes ongoing dialogue and information sharing among community and professional organizations and other various agencies that respond to sexual violence. The SART supports the safety, justice and autonomy of all victims and survivors of sexual violence; works to meet the needs of the community and creates a forum to enhance the response to systems advocacy and sexual violence prevention initiatives in our designated communities. SR-SAC is working to help enact laws that protect children from sex abuse; bring perpetrators of child sex abuse to justice; and hold accountable societal structures that hide perpetrators and fail to protect children from further harm.
Everyone is a volunteer at SR-SART. By establishing SRSART, we are demonstrating our commitment to helping our community populace. When victims see the level of expertise and the multitude of services available to them, they are more likely to report the assault and access services. Combating sexual assaults is a long term battle without a clear end in sight. Across our designated service area efforts are continuing to be made to educate the public about sexual assaults and the importance of holding offenders accountable. This step will go to great lengths in providing a safe and healthy environment for victims. A part of the solution is truly taking care of the victim of sexual assaults by making them aware of the services available to them. Since 2007 SR-SART has become adept in dealing with sexual assault and violence in Bulloch, Jenkins and Screven County. Why? Because the quick response time and the multifaceted approach allows the victims to tell their story once and allows the process to move at a speed comfortable for them. Many people who are sexually assaulted end up with post traumatic stress disorder and a myriad of health issues. When victims are not able to access services, at no fault of their own, they may turn to coping mechanisms such as alcohol and drugs. While much focuses on the importance of evidence collection and documentation, SART is also about helping a victim through the healing process so a victim can truly be a survivor. If victims are not provided the help and services they need and deserve, they may also experience depression and attempt or commit suicide. The impact of violence on victims can be lessened when they are supported by their family, the community they live in and society in general. The SART concept is designed to support the victims from all angles by providing advocacy along with the medical-legal process.