The Ramsey County Sexual Assault Protocol Team (SAPT) has been meeting regularly since 1998 to find ways to improve the community response to sexual assault. The mission of the Ramsey County Sexual Assault Protocol Team is to coordinate and implement an interagency response to sexual assault victims which promotes consistency, respect and cultural competency. Protocol Development Cycle (pdf)
The team has members representing the county attorney's office (both prosecutors and victim-witness advocates), law enforcement, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs, Sexual Offense Services of Ramsey County, and other community advocacy groups.
The team is funded by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Programs, through their MN SMART (sexual assault multidisciplinary sexual action response team) grant program. The team is funded at $10,000 per year, to support the team’s needs and activities, such as meeting facilitation and coordination.
Protocol Development and Training
The team has developed written protocols for the handling of sexual assault cases, including how the work of each discipline intersects with the others. The county-wide protocol is available not only to team members but to the public. The protocol has been revised three times since it was first developed, and training on the protocol revisions to team and agency members is on-going. Ramsey County Adult Sexual Assault Response Protocol (pdf) | Law Enforcement Patrol Protocol (pdf)
Resources for handling sexual violence on campus.
Campus SaVE Act Training (ppt) | Clery Act | Dear Colleague Letter (pdf) | Title IX
The team meets at least ten times per year. Meeting regularly has helped to identify and solve numerous systems problems and has shown us how much we have to gain by working together. The team has provided multiple trainings for team member agencies, including Ramsey County's first county-wide sexual assault investigator training and sexual assault nurse examiner training. The meetings are facilitated by staff from the Ramsey County Sexual Offense Services. The team receives technical assistance from the Sexual Justice Violence Institute at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Through this assistance, the team stays connected with ten other Minnesota multidisciplinary teams with similar missions.
In the summer of 2010, the team elected to move in a new direction – that of monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the established protocols. Team members committed to spend the next 12 – 18 months developing and implementing a plan to monitor how sexual assault cases within Ramsey County are reported, investigated, charged and prosecuted. Team members are interested in exploring the question “are our response protocols working?” Team members participated in two sessions facilitated by outside evaluation experts in the fall of 2010 to develop a monitoring and evaluation plan.
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