SART aims to better protect victims of sexual assault

FLINT — Members of Genesee County’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) on July 10 will sign a protocol defining the roles of law enforcement, local hospitals and service agencies in providing comprehensive services to victims of sexual assault in Genesee County.

The ceremony will include remarks by SART partners, as well as the signing of the protocol. The event begins at 1 p.m. at the YWCA Greater Flint, 801 S. Saginaw St. in Flint.

SART is a multidisciplinary professional response team providing direct intervention services to sexual assault victims. The consortium is committed to collaboration in the best interests of the victim as well as providing training and education to combat the victimization that is too often associated with these crimes.

Supported by a grant from the Division of Victim Services of the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services to the YWCA Greater Flint, the work of convening the partners and writing the protocol began about a year ago. As part of the protocol, the YWCA Greater Flint will manage the Sexual Assault Nursing Examiner Program (SANE), offering rape kit examinations at Hurley Medical Center and McLaren Flint as well as at the YWCA’s SAFE Center. The YWCA SANE program will also serve as a backup for providing rape kit examinations for Ascension Genesys in Grand Blanc Township.

SART members include: Ascension Genesys, Genesee County Chiefs of Police, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Hurley Medical Center, McLaren Flint, Mott Community College Department of Public Safety, Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office, Trauma Recovery Center-Hurley Medical Center, Voice for Children Advocacy Center and YWCA Greater Flint. — G.G.