Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

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The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a free, coordinated community response to assist a survivor in the aftermath of a recent sexual assault. SART offers a compassionate, survivor-centered approach while collecting evidence that can be vital to the investigation and prosecution of the crime.

SART is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can activate SART if:
  • Sexual assault occurred within 5 days
  • You are at least 13 years old
  • You are safe and not in need of immediate medical attention*
  • You want to activate one or more SART professionals

*Call 911 now if you are not safe or need immediate medical attention.

To activate SART:
Call our 24/7 hotline 201-487-2227 and speak with a Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate who will discuss all of your options with you.

Note that you may choose to receive an exam with an advocate and nurse, and then choose to report with law enforcement at a later date. 

SART Team Members

Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate (CSVA):

A trained healingSPACE advocate can assist the survivor throughout the SART process. Advocates empower the survivor by providing emotional support, information, and referrals, keeping all information confidential. Follow-up with a trained advocate is also available after the SART process.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE):

The SANE is specially trained in forensic evidence collection. She conducts a head-to-toe exam and collects evidence to assist in the prosecution of the crime, and can provide medications to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy resulting from the sexual assault. 

Law Enforcement:

A local police officer and/or detective from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit is available at the request of the survivor to conduct an investigation. In most cases of sexual assault, the choice to prosecute is left up to the survivor.

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