Newberry County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) signs Cooperative Work Agreement

Newberry, SC – June 21, 2010 - Community organizations that are part of the Newberry County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) announced today a new cooperative working agreement for a community based coordinated response to sexual assault. The community team includes representatives from health care providers, advocacy programs, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ offices as well as any other professionals that serve victims of sexual violence in the community.  The Newberry County SART’s mission is to ensure that victims of sexual assault receive appropriate services and referrals that promote the safety and dignity of victims.

“As always, we are grateful to the work Sexual Trauma Services and other SART members provide in our area,” said Sheriff James Foster of Newberry County Sheriff’s Department.  “We welcome any asset or resource that will provide additional services to victims of violent crime.  Sexual Trauma Services does an excellent job in advocating and counseling victims, and we are pleased to support them and participate with them on this new Endeavour.”

Founded on the model of the Richland County SART (1999), the Newberry County SART members are working collaboratively to build an infrastructure to support and expand all organizations programs and services to provide seamless systemic care for survivors of interpersonal violence in the midlands area.

Collaboration in the Newberry County SART program includes:

  • City of Newberry Police Department
  • Eighth Circuit Solicitor’s Office
  • Newberry College
  • Newberry County Memorial Hospital
  • Newberry County Sheriff’s Department
  • Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
  • Sistercare, Inc.
  • State Office of Victim Assistance (SOVA) - Office of the Governor

For more information about the Newberry County SART program, contact Ginny Waller at 803-790-8208 or stsm@www.stsm.org.

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM), formerly named Rape Crisis Network, is a private, nonprofit, United Way member agency committed to providing free, direct services to survivors of sexual assault and abuse, including 24-hour crisis hotline, hospital accompaniment, court accompaniment, personal advocacy, individual and group counseling, and education about sexual trauma issues.