Survivors come into contact with, disclose to and seek services from a variety of professions. MCASA provides training, technical assistance and resources essential to these professions as the work to deliver compassionate care and assistance to survivors.
Advocates/companions provide immediate crisis intervention to the survivor and their significant others, allowing the survivor to express themselves and have their feelings validated. Their experience, specialized training, and access to MCASA member program resources allow them to address a wide range of survivor needs.
Law enforcement is responsible for taking reports of a sexual assault and conducting an investigation when a crime has occurred. This can involve collecting statements from the victim, witnesses, and suspects as well as collecting and analyzing evidence, including the evidence collected during a medical forensic exam.
The Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) of MCASA provides comprehensive and direct legal services to survivors of sexual violence in the state of Maryland. Our dedicated staff of advocates and attorneys work at the pace of the survivor and provide support, referrals, and legal consultations. Please call 301-565-2277 for more information.
In Maryland, Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNEs) work within a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) program in a hospital to complete medical forensic examinations to collect evidence with accuracy and precision and offer victims compassionate, trauma-informed care which helps preserve the victim’s dignity and reduce psychological trauma.
A Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a multidisciplinary team that works collaboratively to make system-wide improvements in response to sexual violence. SART members can work cooperatively towards many different goals, including developing protocol, providing cross-training, reviewing cases, and implementing a coordinated, victim-centered community response.
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