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Local SART team members include (back row, L-R) Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew, Kamiah Marshall Joe Newman, Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran, Community Action Partnership Tami Plank and Sheryl Coe, Orofino Police Vince Frazier; and (front row, L-R) Staci Taylor, YWCA Advocate Orofino; Laurie Lewis, YWCA Associate Director; Kristy Beckstead, YWCA Advocate Grangeville; Marsha Lance, Syringa Hospital; Amanda Davis, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office; Alaina Capoeman, YWCA SART Coordinator; Orofino Police Chief Jeff Wilson.
As of Tuesday, July 22, 2014
When someone has experienced an assault and reaches out for help, they should receive attention from law enforcement, health professionals, advocacy services, and the justice system that puts victim safety first. A coordinated response from agencies that work together will help avoid adding additional trauma to the victim’s experience. A team approach allows all responders to contribute their expertise to providing victim safety and offender accountability.
“Victims need to know that help is available, who they can call, and that the system will respond effectively. The team will listen and respond in a way to best serve the needs of victims,” said Alaina Capoeman, Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) coordinator for the YWCA. The YWCA was awarded training funds to develop SARTs throughout the state.
SART member agencies include the YWCA, police departments in Lewiston, Orofino, Grangeville and Cottonwood, and sheriff’s and prosecutor’s offices of Nez Perce, Clearwater, Idaho and Lewis counties; Syringa Hospital and Clinics, St. Mary’s/Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, and other service providers.
The SART project focuses on training for all responders to sexual assault cases to receive specialized training, including sexual assault nurse examiners. SART members would like victims to know the following: First, seek medical attention and request a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) trained nurse. Victims do not pay for these exams which are covered by Crime Victim Compensation. Second, victims may choose to report the assault to law enforcement when they are ready, as there is no limited time frame. Third, advocacy services are available through the YWCA to help victims navigate the legal system, provide options throughout the process, and access services to begin healing from trauma.
The Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Forces in Clearwater, Lewis and Idaho counties are working on additional goals to streamline responses to domestic and sexual violence and abuse.