4 Apr 2017

What You Need to Know About What Rape Victims Need from You

Authored by: Amy Oestreicher, survivor, PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, actress.  amyoes.com I grew up believing that my entire life would be dedicated to the performing arts. Now, I’m a survivor and “thriver” of sexual abuse, 27 surgeries, coma, organ failure, and the PTSD that comes from ten years of trauma – or what I now call my “beautiful...
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13 Mar 2017

The Fundamentals of SART and MDT Success

Authored By Sgt. Jim Markey (Retired), Phoenix Police Department Sex Crimes Unit   The Fundamentals of SART and MDT Success For many years, I have had the opportunity to be a part of the sexual assault response teams (SARTs) and multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) that work to improve community response to sexual violence. The SART and...
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21 Nov 2016

Meeting the Challenges of SANE Nursing in a Prison System

Authored By Masonda Wheatley, RN, CCHP, SANE Nurse Coordinator, Corizon Health   Prison rape Rape in prison is a reality that too often goes unreported. In Missouri’s prison system, our SANE nurse program is making victims more willing to report the crime, receive the forensic exam they are entitled to under the Prison Rape Elimination Act...
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13 Oct 2016

Tell Your Story; it’s Important

Authored By Sara Grossman, Communications Manager, The Matthew Shepard Foundation (https://www.matthewshepard.org)   Before joining the team at the Matthew Shepard Foundation, I was working for a start-up that had created a device to help victims of sexual assault feel safer. It’s a simple product: a button that connects to an app on your phone via...
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19 Sep 2016

The Value of Persistence

Authored By Khnuma Simmonds-Esannason, Executive Director, U.S. Virgin Islands Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC).   As I began to think about the challenges and successes of establishing a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) in the U.S. Virgin Islands, I searched for quotes that could clearly express the importance of persistence as it pertained...
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19 Jul 2016

Rosebud Sioux SART a model of success for Indian Country

Recently, I had the pleasure of working on-site with sexual assault nurse examiner and advocate SART participants at the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation, in South Dakota. After the 40-hour event, each candidate was awarded didactic CEUs for their respective disciplines and will take their place in the Rosebud Sioux Tribe SART, which is sponsored by the...
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6 Jun 2016

How Sexual Assault Impacts LGBTQ+ Lives

Authored By: The Matthew Shepard Foundation (https://www.matthewshepard.org)   In 1998, then 21-year-old University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was beaten, tortured, tied to a fence and left to die in a field outside Laramie, Wyoming. His death shocked the nation, the media and ultimately the world. Judy and Dennis Shepard, Matt’s parents, established the Matthew Shepard...
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26 Apr 2016

Protecting Our Nation’s Youngest Victims

Authored By: Kori Stephens, Project Director, Midwest Regional Children’s Advoacy Center (MRCAC)   April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month — 30 days that recognize the need to protect the most vulnerable children in our community. It is our collective responsibility to prevent abuse from occurring and to assist children and families who have suffered abuse...
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24 Mar 2016

Prostituted and Sexually Trafficked Persons are Rape Victims, Too

What everyone — SANE and SART professionals especially — should know Authored By: Lisa Thompson, Vice President and Director of Education and Outreach, National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) As former Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor Linda Fairstein observed in her book Sexual Violence: Our War against Rape, it is unlikely that any “lifestyle exposes a woman to the...
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23 Oct 2015

Four Different SARTs, One Simple Fact

Authored By: Committed coordinators build strong SARTs Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) are a community-based response to rape. A SART provides victims with necessary care and services, including medical, legal and advocacy. The team coordinates investigation and prosecution of the crime with the objective of providing justice for the victim. The SART movement began in...
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