Webinar: Navigating Difficult Situations: Common Issues SARTs Face

Webinar: Navigating Difficult Situations: Common Issues SARTs Face


From 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM

Presented by the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault's Sexual Violence Justice Institute

Navigating Difficult Situations: Common Issues SARTs Face

Monday, November 25, 2019 1:00-2:30pm (CST)

(90-minutes starting at 2:00 PM ET/1:00 PM CST/12:00 PM MT/11:00 AM PT)


Sexual assault response teams are a great strategy to improve access to healing and justice for victims/survivors and increase offender accountability.  And, there are common issues or barriers that teams face as they strengthen the collaborative response. This webinar will focus on common questions that we receive from SARTs across the country. Although many SARTs experience similar issues, each situation and community requires unique strategies. We will explore the questions, offer strategies that have worked for other teams, and hear some new things that have worked in your communities!

Learning Objectives or Outcomes

  • Provide examples of common issues that sexual assault response teams face
  • Discuss strategies for navigating through those issues as a coordinator
  • Normalize these common issues while acknowledging the unique needs of communities
  • Walk away with tips and tools to guide you as work with your team


Presenter Bio: Jolene Engelking, Rural Projects Coordinator

Jolene is the Rural Projects Coordinator at the Sexual Violence Justice Institute at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Since joining SVJI in 2016, she has developed resources and trainings on a range of sexual violence topics, including Case File Review Project, and provides technical assistance to sexual assault responses teams (SARTs) in Minnesota and nationally.

From a very rural area in northern Minnesota, Jolene has a deep rooted passion for working within communities and helping teams explore the unique needs and creative resilience that often is necessary in rural sexual assault response. She values the interplay between social justice and systems change work. She received her MSW and M.Div degrees from Loyola University Chicago and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. She has been in the anti-sexual violence movement since 2006, first as a volunteer and then working at a community based advocacy agency where she gained experience training advocates, engaging the community, and working on SARTs to improve the response to sexual violence.

This work is supported by Grant Number 2015-TA-AX-K014 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the trainers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


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