Sex crimes are far more common than most people believe. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped at some time in their lives*. Shockingly, arrest, prosecution, and conviction rates remain extremely low for these crimes. Response to sexual assault needs to improve – not only to provide justice in individual cases but safety in our community. Since the majority of sexual assault perpetrators are serial offenders, and they are likely to continue to perpetrate violence in our communities if they are not held accountable for their crimes.
What is a SART?
Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) are partnerships of agencies addressing the many roadblocks to justice in sex crime cases. These multidisciplinary teams of professionals work together to provide inter-agency, coordinated responses to sexual assault. This collaborative approach to sexual violence helps meet the needs of victims/survivors, and more effectively holds offenders accountable.
What does Kankakee and Iroquois County SART do?
One of the main functions of SART is to coordinate and optimize the criminal justice response to sexual assault in Kankakee and Iroquois County. That goal makes core agencies and professionals essential to the team. The coordination of services provided by these disciplines can have a critical impact on the experience of a victim seeking help and the careful, thorough collection of evidence to build the strongest case possible.
Members of the Kankakee and Iroquois County SART include:
- Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault – KCCASA
- Children’s Advocacy Center – CAC
- The State’s Attorney
- Law Enforcement – City of Kankakee, Kankakee Sheriff’s Department, City of Bradley, City of Bourbonnais, KCC Security
- Kankakee Probation
- Iroquois Probation
- Campus Public Safety ONU
- Presence St. Mary’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program
- Riverside Hospital
- Catholic Charities
- ZONTA of Kankakee
- And more!
The team meets once a month to:
- Information-share and train internally
- Develop SART response protocols
- Case review
- Problem solve barriers to effective prosecution of sex offenses
How does a SART benefit our community?
Cases involving Sexual Assault Response Teams**:
- Are reported more quickly.
- Yield more evidence.
- Are more likely to lead to arrest.
- Are the strongest predictor that charges will be filed.
- Keep victims better informed and engaged throughout the criminal justice process.
For more information on Kankakee and Iroquois County SART contact the Legal Advocacy department of KCCASA at 815-932-7273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J., & Stevens, M.R. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
**Nugent-Borakove, M. E., Fanflik, P., Troutman, D., Johnson, N., Burgess, A., & O’Connor, A.L. (2006). Testing the Efficacy of SANE/SART Programs: Do They Make a Difference in Sexual Assault Arrest & Prosecution Outcomes?