Historically, a group of individuals from the Monongalia County Community have gathered on West Virginia University's campus to help guide and provide resources to victims of sexual assault.
In 2008, RDVIC expanded their partnership with statewide agencies to help establish the West Virginia Sexual Assault Response Technical Team (WVSARTT) - a team developed to expand on the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) initiative throughout West Virginia. As a result, the Monongalia County SART increased collaborative efforts throughout the county to further engage professionals in reducing sexual violence and holding offenders accountable.
The Monongalia County SART currently holds monthly meetings, conducts training events, and provides a vast amount of resources to local agencies and organizations to help raise awareness.
The SART supports the following goals:
*section quoted from 2019 Monongalia County SART Protocol
The members of this SART have a common goal of providing access to services for victims of sexual violence and stalking that enhance victim safety. Victim safety can be compromised by failure to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information. The members of this SART recognize that each has different levels of confidentiality obligations in regard to sharing victim information. Each partner will continue to maintain its own legal and ethical obligations to honor victims’ confidentiality and privacy. Individual identifying information should not be shared within the context of a general SART meeting. General trends, system barriers, and/or hypothetical cases are acceptable methods of discussing concerns and needs within the service delivery system. Discussing individual cases, including identifying information, follow-up services, and/or care are not permitted without signed releases from the individual.
*This statement is at the top of all sign-in forms used when meetings occur in-person