In most counties, the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is the organization that investigates allegations of sexual assault for victims of all ages, race and gender. The SART facilities provide emergency comprehensive medical/forensic victim examinations and expert witness testimony following allegations of sexual assault.
What is an advocate?
A Sexual Assault Advocate is a specially trained staff or volunteer with the Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center.
The role of a Sexual Assault Advocate is to inform you of your options and support you in your decisions.
The Sexual Assault Advocate can
- Accompany you to interviews with Law Enforcement
- Accompany you to interviews with the District Attorney’s Office
- Accompany you to apply for a Protection from Abuse or Harassment
- Accompany you to Court Proceedings
- Be a liaison between you and other system members of the Sexual Assault Response Team (S.A.R.T.)
- Answer questions regarding the S.A.R.T. system members
- Refer you to a list of counselors or therapists
- Assist you in finding out about your reported case
- Explain things when they get confusing
- Provide support for family and friends
- Provide ongoing support throughout the process and beyond
The Sexual Assault Advocate cannot:
- Give legal advice
- Transport you in their vehicle
- Represent you in a court proceeding
How to find help?
24 hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800- 656-HOPE (4673)
Santa Clara County 24 Hour Crisis Support Line 1-800-572-2782