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March 4, 2014

Sexual assault response training scheduled

Woodward, Okla. — In Oklahoma, a rape occurs every 5 hours, 50 minutes, and 24 seconds according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI).

The U.S. Department of Justice reports that a woman is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes somewhere in America. Along with these statistics, researchers have found that 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual abuse before age 18.

A Sexual Assault Response and Resource Team (SARRT) is a multi-disciplinary, inter-agency collaboration that unites its members in a coordinated victim-centered and offender focused approach to the intervention and care of sexual assault survivors.

SARRT training is being offered by the Oklahoma Regional Community Policing Institute (ORCPI) on Tuesday, March 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the High Plains Technology Center.

According to information provided in the SARRT Toolkit:

• SARRT can help diminish the short and long term impact of trauma resulting from sexual assault. The teams help by supporting victims during invasive medical procedures and difficult interviews. They give emotional support as the victim navigates the criminal justice system. Teams ensure that evidence is collected effectively and follows a chain of custody allowing it to stand up in court.

• Communities with SARRT teams are made safer through sexual assault prevention education. The teams allow for more efficient use of limited resources in smaller communities. Team members make better informed decisions by understanding cross agency roles.

• Cases that involve SARRT are reported more quickly. SARRT cases have more evidence and are more likely to lead to arrest than cases in which there is no intervention.

Organizers said the training is open to individuals who wish to learn more about SARRT teams and their effectiveness. First responders, advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, and nurses are invited to attend along with the general public.

The course is certified for 8 hours CLEET credit including 2 mental health credit hours, 8 hours of CDSVRP training and 8 hours of RN continuing education through the California Board of Nursing.

This free training is being sponsored by the City of Tulsa, Tulsa Police Department, the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police, the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council in addition to the ORCPI

To register contact the Oklahoma Regional Community Policing Institute at or call 405-671-8742.


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