The sexual assault response team (SART) was created in response to the student-identified need for a streamlining of the process through which students could access services for victims of sexual assault. The nurse practitioners on this team are an integral part of the University of Connecticut community response team. UConn is the first university in Connecticut to have nurses available 24 hours a day throughout the fall and spring semesters to respond to victims of sexual assault. These dedicated healthcare professionals demonstrate the University’s commitment to helping students at a very vulnerable time in their lives.
If a victim-survivor calls or comes to Student Health Services, a response team member can:
- Arrange for a sexual assault crisis counselor to meet with victim-survivor to help review options as well as provide crisis counseling.
- Arrange for a free sexual assault forensics exam (SAFE) in the familiar environment of Student Health Services, should the victim-survivor opt for evidence collection within 120 hours of the assault.
- Assist with arranging transportation to the hospital emergency department if additional immediate care is required.
- Arrange for a free examination at Health Services if the victim-survivor does not wish evidence collection or if it has been more than 120 hours since the assault. The victim-survivor can also receive free STD testing, free antibiotic medications to prevent STD’s and emergency contraception as well as referral to other campus resources that may be of benefit.
THESE SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE WITHOUT ANY OBLIGATION TO PRESS CHARGES.
If you have any questions or are unsure of what to do, please contact the 24-hour advice nurse by calling (860) 486-4700.