Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

Baltimore City's Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) provides a collaborative, victim-centered, and trauma-informed response to sexual violence in our community. The vision is rooted in a set of core values shared by the members of the SART.

  • Collaboration
  • Victim-Centered Response 
  • Offender Accountability 
  • Trauma-Informed Response

What does SART do?

  • Hold case reviews of past sexual assault cases;
  • Review and provide critical feedback on police training related to sexual assault;
  • Support our advocacy partners when completing outreach and public education campaigns;
  • Educate partners and the community on new laws and legislation being considered statewide and nationally related to sexual assault.

Our Partners

Baltimore City Police Department 

  • Investigation of reported rapes and sexual assaults

Mercy Medical Center 

  • Completion of Sexual Assault Forensic Exams
  • Advocacy/Counseling/Accompaniment

Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office

  • Prosecution of Crimes

Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault

  • Public Policy
  • Education/Training
  • Community Outreach and Technical Assistance

TurnAround Inc.

  • Legal Advocacy
  • Shelter
  • Employment Readiness
  • Group and Individual Therapy

Baltimore Child Abuse Center

  • Forensic Interview
  • Medical Exam
  • A joint investigation with law enforcement and Child Protective Services

Victim Advocates, Law Enforcement, Hospitals and Prosecutors all have a role in the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).

Case Reviews
Unfounded Cases – In 2010 BPD had the highest amount in the country between 30% - 40%

  • Changed criteria for finding cases unfounded
  • The SART began reviewing each unfounded case every other month

Past Projects

  • Provided feedback for curriculum concerning Consent Decree mandated training for sexual assault for BPD
  • Partnered with CHANA to co-host training on sexual assault and violence against elders
  • Reporting by Maryland Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Policy and Funding Committee members concerning new legislation and funding opportunities


  • Moving to an evaluative model, “How do we know we’re helping?”
  • More robust data collection will lead to more accountability
  • Working more closely with local colleges and universities around Title IX

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