SART is a countywide program providing care to individuals who have been sexually assaulted or sexually abused. An interagency program, SART coordinates with law enforcement, Rape Crisis Centers, Victim Witness Assistance, Child Welfare Services, Child Abuse Listening and Mediation (CALM) and a medical team of trained professionals, nurses, and physicians. This team approach assures that individuals receive care in the most positive therapeutic environment possible. Services offered through SART include forensic medical exams, forensic interviews, emotional support, advocacy, counseling referrals, prophylaxis for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, and other support services for the individual and his / her family.

Medical–legal examinations are provided through the Public Health Department by professional staff who have received specific training in forensic examination of patients who have been sexually assaulted/abused.  All exams are conducted in accordance with the guidelines and protocol set by the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA).

Referrals for medical-legal examinations and forensic interviews come from law enforcement, child welfare services, or the local Rape Crisis agency. Together, the partners determine the need for a medical-legal exam and/or an interview based on SART protocol.

The first steps to take in assisting individuals who may have been sexual assaulted/abused are to call the appropriate law enforcement agency (based on the jurisdiction of the crime), and to call a Rape Crisis Center to provide support.  A variety of services and support will be provided based on individual circumstances.  Local Rape Crisis Centers can assist English and Spanish-speaking individuals ages 13 years and older. Contact the 24 –hour hotline in your area for assistance:

Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA):
SANTA BARBARA HOTLINE: (805) 564-3696
Santa Barbara Office: (805) 963-6832
http://www.sbstesa.org

Lompoc Rape Crisis Center:
LOMPOC HOTLINE: (805) 736-7273
Lompoc Office: (805) 736-8535

Santa Maria Rape Crisis Center:
SANTA MARIA HOTLINE: (805) 928-3554
Santa Maria Office: (805) 922-2994
North County Rape Crisis Center: http://www.sbcountyrapecrisis.org/

For more information about the SART Program, call the SART Coordinator at (805) 448-7993.
Additional information can be found here: District Attorney, Victim/Witness- Sexual Assault Response Team