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Sexual Assault Response Training (SART)

This NCAICA course is a 24-hour (3 day) course.  Topics of instruction will include:


Day 1: The Problem of Sexual Assault


On the first day, participants will learn about the prevalence and history of sexual assault, as well as the trauma experience of victims. They will explore barriers to reporting and the life changes that victims may experience following sexual assault. Additionally, the course will cover ACEs and seeds for offending, attachment, and sociological factors for offenders, as well as vulnerable populations and their unique needs.

Day 2: How Law Enforcement Should Respond


On the second day, participants will focus on responding to incidents of sexual assault. They will learn about call response for both adult and child victims, as well as trauma-informed practices for officers. The course will cover the importance of Children's Advocacy Centers, Coordinated Community Response, Multidisciplinary Teams, and Sexual Assault Nurse Examinations in responding to sexual assault, as well as corroboration and evidence. Additionally, participants will learn about victim's assistance and services available to support victims.

Day 3: Offender Psychology and Interviewing


On the final day, participants will explore the psychology of sexual assault offenders, including the dynamics of police and power positions as abusers. They will learn techniques for interviewing offenders, including strategies for building rapport, gaining information, and maintaining control. Participants will also learn about self-care and available resources. The course will conclude with test/evaluations.

Overall, this course will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the problem of sexual assault, the importance of an appropriate response, and strategies for supporting victims and holding offenders accountable. Upon completion of the course, participants will have the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively respond to incidents of sexual assault in their communities.

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