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Sexual Assault Response Team

About SART

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
  • Training
  • Curriculum Development
  • Consultation
  • Community Engagement
  • Fundraising
  • Research
  • 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 Leadership

Image of Dr. Lauren Patterson
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

Joining SART

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

Counseling Center

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

Health Services


Inclusive Excellence

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

Research Services

Military Science

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: 6/15/2021