The 17th Judicial District Sexual Assault Response Team was established in 2011 as a pilot program of the Colorado Sexual Assault Response Project through the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice. Its purpose is to:
- Ensure justice and create a more compassionate and streamlined response to handling sexual assault cases
- Increase the number of investigations and prosecutions of sexual assaults
- Educate residents about the pervasiveness of sexual violence throughout Colorado.
The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault reports that one of every two women and one of every four men will encounter unwanted and uninvited sexual contact during their lifetime. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network reports that 54 percent of sexual assaults are never reported to police, and only 3 percent of perpetrators ever serve a day in jail. The 17th Judicial District SART hopes to change these statistics for the citizens of Adams and Broomfield counties.
The 17th Judicial District SART is part of a statewide project funded through grants from the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice and the Office on Violence Against Women and is the only site in the project to serve an urban area.
The mission of the SART is to reduce the impact of sexual violence by providing a consistent, competent and comprehensive response to adolescent and adult victims of sexual assault in the 17th Judicial District. In order to fulfill this mission our approach is to utilize a victim centered, offender focused and multidisciplinary process.
The team consists of representatives from the District Attorney’s Office, law enforcement agencies, parole and probation, the medical profession, victim services, community agencies and other service providers.
These representatives are committed to creating and sustaining a best practice, victim-centered and offender-focused response to victims of sexual assault, ages 13 and older, for each case that enters the criminal justice system. (A separate unit in the District Attorney’s Office prosecutes cases involving child victims under the age of 13.)
The team supports victims’ rights and is committed to meeting victims’ needs, handle cases in a way to enhance evidence collection and educate the community about available intervention and prevention services. Victims are never to blame for being sexually assaulted. First responders, victim service providers, medical professionals, investigators and prosecutors maintain the victim’s well-being, needs and desires as their primary focus. Offenders who commit sexual offenses purposefully target and plan to assault the victim. They most often target individuals who are known to them and are vulnerable due to a variety of issues which may impact their ability to report and to be viewed as credible in their report of the assault.
For further information, please contact the SART coordinator, Gosia Schmitz at (303) 655-2361 or Gosia Schmitz
SART Facebook page www.facebook.com/17JDSART
For further information on the Sexual Assault Response Project, please visit here
Disclaimer: This website is not intended for reporting sexual assault. If you need to report an incident of sexual assault, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.