SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE TEAM
In 1991, the Board of Supervisors in Imperial County designated a SART Advisory Committee to look into the problems of sexual assault victims and make recommendations as to how sexual victims would be handled in Imperial County. For years, sexual assault victims were taken to the local emergency room, where the majority of staff had no special education or training in the gathering of forensic evidence.
In 1992, Pioneers Memorial Hospital was selected by the Board of Supervisors as the community hospital who would examine sexual assaults victims. With the encouragement and financial support of the Pioneers Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the SART Program was opened on October 12, 1992.