SART: Sexual Assault Response Team

What is the SART?

The SART is a group of volunteers and professionals from health care, counselling, public safety, and community support agencies.

  • SART members are trained and committed to providing victims of sexual assault the support and services they need and deserve
  • SART services can be accessed 24/7
  • Victims will be provided non-judgemental support and crisis intervention in a confidential environment
  • Victims will be provided medical care and referrals to counselling and follow-up health care services
  • Victims will be informed of their legal reporting options and supported no matter what their decision

 

How does SART Work?

The SART operates out of the Saint John Regional Hopsital Emergency Department.

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and a Sexual Assault Volunteer Support Person are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

What does the Volunteer Support Person do?

The Volunteer Support Person is an objective presence for victims.  They respond by providing practical help, crisis intervention, and support to victims during the immediate period after a sexual assault.

 

What does the SANE do?

The SANE is a specially trained nurse who will complete a physical assessment, provide sexually transmitted infection testing, pregnancy prophylaxis, and link the victim with follow-up services.

A SANE can also complete a forensic medical examination and retrieve evidence within 72 hours of a sexual assault if the victim chooses to report to police.

 

Do I have to report to police?

For adult victims, reporting to police is optional.  For victims less than 16 years of age, the health care professional is mandated by law to report the sexual assault to the Department of Social Development.

 

Reporting to Police:

Victims can choose to report to police at any time.

Evidence retrieval is time limited.  Crime scene evidence is best obtained in the immediate hours after the sexual assault.  Evidence retrieval by the SANE through the use of a sexual assault evidence kit is best obtained within the first 72 hours of a sexual assault.

All victims have access to a Police Department Victim Services Worker.  The Victim Service Worker can provide ongoing assistance to victims by explaining the legal process, supporting and preparing victims for interviews and court appearances, and by providing crisis intervention and referrals to community support agencies.

 

Is there a counsellor I can talk to?

The SART recognizes the importance of long-term wellness for victims and provides direct referrals to therapeutic counselling services, provided by therapists who have received training in sexual assault survivor counselling.

 

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual Assault is any unwanted sexual act forced upon a person by another and can take various forms including rape:

Sexual Assault is an act that is…

  • Unwanted
  • Occurs without free agreement of permission
  • Makes the victim feel uncomfortable or afraid

 

SART CONTACTS

Sexual assault may occur as a single incident, or progress over time.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program Coordinator 648-6457

Sexual Assault Response Team Program Coordinator 632-5758

SART Counselling Services Family Plus Life Solutions 634-8295

Mobile Mental Health Crisis Line 1-888-811-3664

Saint John Police Force Victim Services Coordinator 648-3269

RCMP District #3 Sussex/Hampton/Grand Bay-Westfield 832-5566