Sexual Assault Response Team
The Sexual Assault Response Team is dedicated to raising awareness about sexual assault, increasing the safety of our students, and coordinating responses to sexual assault victims in the Georgia Southern Community. It is our hope, that through education and consciousness-raising, the incidence and ignorance of sexual assault can be drastically reduced. SART strives to continually update the services offered to sexual assault survivors. Our goal is to communicate to survivors that they are not alone.
SART Functions Include:
- Programming Development and Implementation
- Coordination of Response Services & Protocols
- Curriculum Development
- Community Engagement
- Participation in local judicial court circuit SARTs
SART has been actively involved in Sexual Assault Awareness Programming on the national level. The team has been recognized for its outstanding breadth of activities at conferences and by well-known activists. In 2007, SART founded the Georgia College Sexual Assault Association Network to coordinate efforts throughout the state for legislative reform regarding sexually violent crimes. And in 2008, SART was awarded the Gold Excellence Award from NASPA for programming in the area of Health and Wellness.
Team LeadershipLAUREN O. PATTERSON, PsyD, CCTP
Chair, Sexual Assault Response Team
Dr. Lauren Patterson (she/her/hers) serves as the chair of the Sexual Assault Response Team at Georgia Southern University. She is also a licensed psychologist and is the current Associate Director for Clinical Services at the Georgia Southern University Counseling Center. Dr. Patterson also serves on the Board of Directors for the Teal House: Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center.
Favorite quote: “It is the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” -Paulo Coelho
Graduate Assistant, Sexual Assault Response Team
Ms. Zuniga (she/her/hers) serves as the graduate assistant for the Sexual Assault Response Team at Georgia Southern University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Georgia Southern and is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Georgia Southern. Her other interests including walking on Statesboro’s many beautiful trails, watching Netflix documentaries, and visiting Tybee Island every chance she gets
Favorite quote: “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.” -Walt Disney
The Sexual Assault Response Team is a multidisciplinary team with representatives from various on and off-campus departments and organizations.
Participation is voluntary and open to all Georgia Southern University faculty and staff on any of our three campuses: Statesboro, Armstrong, and Liberty. Time commitment varies from person to person. Some folks choose to join the Google group, while others actively attend meetings, assist in coordination and planning, and/or facilitate programming. Meetings occur on the first Wednesday of the month at 8:15 AM via Zoom.
If you are a faculty or staff member and want to join SART, please click below:
Current Departmental & Organizational Members:
Academic Success Center
Campus Recreation & Intramurals
College of Arts & Humanities
College of Education
Dean of Students Office
Department of Biology
Department of Health Sciences & Kinesiology
Department of History
Department of Psychology
Equal Opportunity & Title IX
Fraternity & Sorority Life
Leadership & Community Engagement
Military Resource Center
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Office of Student Activities
Parker College of Business
Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire
School of Nursing
Sexual Assault Student Educators
Student Accessibility Resource Center
TRIO Student Support Services
Student Wellness & Health Promotion
The Teal House: Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center
University Police Department
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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Last updated: 4/7/2021