SUNY Geneseo SART
Sexual Assault Response Team
The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a free service to Geneseo students seeking medical transport following a sexual assault. This service began during Fall 2012. Students will be transported by a trained driver and accompanied to the hospital by a student advocate who is available to provide confidential, nonprofessional support. Upon arriving to the hospital, an advocate specifically trained in sexual assault will be contacted to provide assistance at the hospital, including during the medical visit. The driver will depart and return at a later time to pick up the student as needed. Drivers are trained through Geneseo First Response, and student advocates are trained through SUNY Geneseo Pathways.
This is a confidential service. Students transported by the SARTeam are not required to report the incident.All SART advocates, drivers, and board members are volunteers dedicated to helping students.
Our goal is to ensure that medically stable students who are sexually assaulted can obtain specialized medical attention, a forensic evaluation, or both. We plan to provide a confidential transportation service, in most cases, to Strong Memorial Hospital (SMH) in Rochester, which staffs a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).
Hours of operation
We offer this service during the fall and spring semesters when students are on campus and classes are in session (i.e., not over breaks). During these times, at least one advocate and one driver will be on call from 8 pm to 8 am, 7 days a week. There will also be a back up advocate and driver on call.
Limitations and disclaimers
Our administrative board (Fall 2015)
Advocate Coordinators: Melissa Bebernes (Geneseo Pathways)
Driver Coordinators: Sarina Bevilacqua and Liz Michaud (Geneseo First Response)
Other board members: Jennifer Katz (SARTeam Coordinator, Professor of Psychology), Scott Kenney (University Police)
More on campus resources
The SARTeam works closely with staff from RESTORE, formerly known as Livingston County Rape Crisis. Additional on campus advocacy resources include:
offices listed at www.geneseo.edu/health/sexual-assault
Advocate and driver qualifications
Advocates and drivers are SUNY Geneseo student volunteers who have completed training offered through the psychology department, though Geneseo First Response, or both.
Advocates successfully completed a 10 week training focused on general helping skills. For more information, see http://www.geneseo.edu/pathways
Drivers undergo a less extensive training on ethics, confidentiality, sensitivity to crisis situations and sexual assault. In addition, drivers must have a clean driving record, be cleared through the college LENS program, and complete a practice run to SMH.
SART team reports to the Advisory Committee for Interpersonal Violence (formerly the Advisory Committee for Campus Security), an open group of faculty, staff, and students working together to address sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence on campus. This group is overseen by Dr. Bob Bonfiglio, VP of Student and Campus Life.