Working with medical and legal communities
SASSMM works closely with the medical and legal communities in Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Knox, Waldo and Eastern Cumberland County. Collaborations with the medical and legal communities have included co-sponsoring the production of a Mock Trial in both 2007 and 2009 with the Office of the Attorney General, the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program, and the Maine State Police Crime Lab. Sexual harassment awareness trainings at Parkview Hospital, and an in-service training for ER staff at Mid Coast Hospital are among other examples. SASSMM has also worked with law enforcement agencies to provide sexual assault awareness training for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and for the Midcoast Chiefs of Police Training Council; as well as to provide a ‘First Responders Guide to Sexual Assault Investigations’ training at local police departments.
Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
The SART Collaborative in the Midcoast Region was born out of Project Midcoast Response, which brought together law enforcement, healthcare, DA offices and advocacy to create a working dialogue to ensure quality service for all survivors of sexual violence and their families. Out of the successful PMR grew the need for a full-time advocate who would work with survivors involved in any stage of the prosecutorial process. The SART collaborative ensures that an advocate is available to support survivors at area law enforcement agencies. This collaborative continues to be a survivor-beneficial relationship as, if a survivor chooses, they can be supported through any civil or criminal proceedings.
SASSMM is available to speak religious organizations and other civic groups about SASSMM, our mission, the services we provide and how we carry out our work.
SASSMM publishes a newsletter, “No News”, filled with articles on issues of sexual violence, agency updates, and calendars of upcoming events. It also includes the “Your Voice” column, a place where survivors of sexual violence can share their stories.