Chapter 12. County Sexual Assault Response Team (sart) Program of California Penal Code >> Title 6. >> Part 4. >> Chapter 12.
(a) Each county may establish and implement an interagency
sexual assault response team (SART) program for the purpose of
providing a forum for interagency cooperation and coordination, to
assess and make recommendations for the improvement in the local
sexual assault intervention system, and to facilitate improved
communication and working relationships to effectively address the
problem of sexual assault in California.
(b) Each SART program shall be established and implemented
pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
(a) Each SART may consist of representatives of the
following public and private agencies or organizations:
(1) Law enforcement agencies.
(2) County district attorneys' offices.
(3) Rape crisis centers.
(4) Local sexual assault forensic examination teams.
(5) Crime laboratories.
(b) Dependent upon local needs and goals, each SART may include
representatives of the following public and private agencies or
(1) Child protective services.
(2) Local victim and witness assistance centers.
(3) County public health departments.
(4) County mental health services departments.
(5) Forensic interview centers.
(6) University and college Title IX coordinators.
(7) University and college police departments.
The program established pursuant to this chapter shall
have the following objectives:
(a) Review of local sexual assault intervention undertaken by all
disciplines to promote effective intervention and best practices.
(b) Assessment of relevant trends, including drug-facilitated
sexual assault, the incidence of predatory date rape, and human sex
(c) Evaluation of the cost-effectiveness and feasibility of a per
capita funding model for local sexual assault forensic examination
teams to achieve stability for this component of the SART program.
(d) Evaluation of the effectiveness of individual agency and
interagency protocols and systems by conducting case reviews of cases
involving sexual assault.
(e) Plan and implement effective prevention strategies and
collaborate with other agencies and educational institutions to
address sexual assault perpetrated by strangers, sexual assault
perpetrated by persons known to the victim, including, but not
limited to, a friend, family member, or general acquaintance of the
victim, predatory date rape, risks associated with binge alcohol
drinking, and drug-facilitated sexual assault.