Sexual Assault Response Team

What is SART?

The Murray State Sexual Assault Response Team or SART is a collaborative group of individuals who regularly respond to instances of sexual violence in the Murray State community.  These individuals work together to coordinate a  victim-centered approach to intervention and care for sexual assault survivors. MSU’s SART strives to balance two distinct sets of needs - those of the sexual assault survivor and those of the criminal justice system - by ensuring that all responders act according to established protocols and policies created by the entire Team. These protocols ensure that the criminal/legal system can pursue its goal of holding offenders accountable and ensuring community safety while maintaining the elements that ensure the response remains truly victim-centered.

Vision Statement:

“To improve the provision of services to survivors of sexual violence at the individual and systematic levels, including providing victim-sensitive, effective, interdisciplinary services, increasing the number of trained professionals in our area, and ensuring accurate evidence collection to promote the apprehension and prosecution of perpetrators.”

Mission Statement:

“To work together to provide a consistent, competent, and comprehensive response to those affected by sexual violence who seek services at Murray State University and in the Purchase Area.”

Who are the SART members?

What role does each member of the SART play?

  • MSU Police Department: Description Coming Soon
  • University Counseling Services: The Counseling Center provides free and confidential counseling for MSU students. Our goal is to ensure that students have the long-term support they need to cope with the effects of sexual assault, whether it was a recent experience or it occurred sometime in their past. We provide support to students in the following ways:
    • providing a confidential reporting option for students who need someone to talk to but may not be ready to share all the details
    • educating students about their options for official reporting to Title IX or law enforcement
    • connecting students to advocacy and other support services
    • helping students file a report with law enforcement or Title IX if they choose to do so
    • assisting students in developing healthy coping skills to help them maintain their daily routines
    • reassuring students that being sexually assaulted is NEVER their fault and that it does not diminish their worth as a person
    • assisting students in disclosing assault to loved ones, family members, partners, etc.
    • helping students move past a sexual assault with minimal negative effects on their relationships, their self-esteem, and their overall functioning
  • MSU Women's Center: The Women’s Center Coordinator serves as the on-campus advocate for MSU students.  We serve MEN and WOMEN. Our goal is to ensure that students have the information and support they need to make decisions about how to move forward, past sexual assault in a way that is healthy for them. We provide advocacy and support to students by:
    • educating students about their rights as survivors
    • explaining reporting options in an unbiased and confidential setting,
    • connecting students to counseling and other support services,
    • helping students file a report with law enforcement or Title IX,
    • accompanying students to meetings with law enforcement, Title IX, and other campus officials,
    • assisting the student in getting updates on the status of their report,
    • assisting students in disclosing assault to loved ones, family members, partners, etc.
  • LOTUS: The mission of the LOTUS is to promote the health and wellbeing of our community by reducing the impact and prevalence of sexual violence. We provide comprehensive, trauma-informed services assisting survivors of sexual violence through the entire process from crisis through healing to long-term recovery. Our LOTUS specialists engage in all phases of support to survivors and their family members by providing intervention services including 24-hour crisis hotline services, medical advocacy at local emergency rooms, legal and personal advocacy, information and referrals, and clinical therapy services. Our array of specialized services helps to reduce the impact of trauma experienced as a result of sexual violence by supporting and assisting survivors and their loves ones to define needs, explore options, understand reactions, and strengthen coping skills.