Cuyahoga County SART

Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team

The Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a consortium of professionals who provide direct services (medical care, counseling, advocacy and justice system assistance) to individuals who have been sexually assaulted and represent organizations that provide related services to special populations.

The Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team membership includes SANE Coordinators, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, the Sex Crimes / Child Abuse Unit for the City of Cleveland, the County Prosecutor’s Office and many other local organizations that support survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team



The goals of SART are to improve communication and coordination among these disciplines, establish more SANE Units throughout the county, enhance the evidence collection process so it is admissible at trial, increase prosecution rates, and advocate for greater public awareness.

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center is the fiscal agent of SART.

For more information, contact Teresa Stafford, Cuyahoga County SART Coordinator, at (216) 658-2787 or email


Cuyahoga County SART Conference: December 10, 2021

This year’s Cuyahoga County SART Conference recognizes experts presenting topics relevant for multiple disciplines, including law enforcement, medical professionals, SANE, advocates, social workers and prosecutors.


SART Committee

SART Coordinator: Teresa Stafford,
Council Chair: Karen McHenry, LISW-S, LCDC,
Community Relations: Shelley Hunt,
SANE/P-SANE Committee: Kathy Goellnitz, RN, SANE,


Speaker’s Bureau

To request a speaker or professional trainer from Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team, contact Teresa Stafford at (216) 658-2787 or

SART is a collaboration of professionals who provide trainings for law enforcement, medical professionals and other professionals who may respond to survivors of rape and sexual abuse. These trainings include Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners trainings, SANE/SART 101, and customized trainings to fit your agency’s needs.