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Somewhere in America, a woman is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (2007). Researchers have found that 1 in 6 men have experienced abusive sexual experiences before age 18. In Oklahoma, a rape occurs every five hours, fifty minutes and twenty-four seconds (Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations. Approximately 2/3 of rapes are committed by someone known to the victim. This can include a friend or acquaintance, someone in a close relationship with the victim, or a relative. We can, and must, respond effectively to the most under reported crime in our nation, state and communities, sexual assault.

Sexual Assault Response and Resource Teams (SARRT) training is being offered for no-cost in Altus on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 from 8 to 5 p.m. at the Southwest Technology Center, 711 W. Tamarack Road in Altus. This training is designed to assist communities with the development of a SARRT. A SARRT is a multi-disciplinary, inter-agency collaboration uniting it’s members in a coordinated victim-centered and offender focused approach to the intervention and care of sexual assault survivors while promoting effective investigation techniques and practices to enhance the criminal justice system.

This training is open to individuals who wish to learn more about SARRT teams and their effectiveness. This includes first responders, advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors or nurses, as well as, the general public. This course is certified for 8 hours of CLEET credit including 2 mental health credit hours, 8 hours of CDSVRP training and 8 hours of RN Continuing Education through the California Board of Nursing.

For class registration please contact the Oklahoma Regional Community Policing Institute at Info@orcpi.org or call 405-416-5448.

This FREE training is being sponsored by the City of Tulsa -Tulsa Police Department, the Oklahoma Regional Community Policing Institute (ORCPI) and the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police in collaboration with the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the Oklahoma Office of Attorney General and the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council.

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