Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) of Stark County

Vision Statement:  The vision of the Stark County SART is for those impacted by sexual violence to receive consistent and trauma-focused care from a multi-disciplinary response, while working towards ending sexual violence.

Mission Statement:  The SART is a multi-disciplinary group that will work to ensure coordination of a victim-centered response to those impacted by sexual violence, while holding offenders accountable; that will act as agents of change through community education and outreach.

Any questions about SART, please contact Kristina Drummer at or 330-437-3705.

COMPASS newsletters:

National Sexual Violence Resource Center -

Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence -

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network -


Anti-Bullying Programs and Tae Kwon Do

Karam's -

Adam Karam - 330-339-9172

Full Force Tae Kwon Do - 330-340-5094

Anti-Bullying Campaign - Scott Jarvis



Tips for Talking to Your Teen about Sexual Violence

• Talk to your child about sex early. This conversation is not a one time talk. Give your child the facts about sex, sexual coercion and assault before he or she obtains misinformation from peers or internet. Start talking long before your teen begins dating.

• It’s never too late to start the conversation.

• Remember that teens are craving factual information about sex from someone they trust – even if they act like they don’t want to talk to you. Don’t wait for them to start the conversation

• Talk to them when you can both be as attentive as possible. The car may be a great place.

• Don’t make it a joke. Rape is not funny – ever. Don’t dance around the topic. Sexual violence is a serious issue and should be handled that way.

• Use media stories to start the conversation. “What do you think about the case in the news? What are you hearing at school about this? What do you think about it?” It is easier for them to open up about what other people think first. Then you can give them the information you want them to have.

The most important thing you can say:

“If anyone ever has or anyone ever does hurt you, you can talk to me.”

What NOT to Say: “If anyone ever hurts you, I’m going to _______ them.” This can make them fearful of sharing with you.

• Don’t assume they have not been hurt by sexual violence before. Leave the door open for your teen to talk about past circumstances if they haven’t already shared with you.

• Most teenagers are coerced or forced by someone they know, trust and possibly love. They may be concerned about the other person getting in trouble or even worried about you getting in trouble if you harm someone else.

• A survivor of sexual violence wants to be believed and supported.


When it comes to children, here are some things to think about.

Remind Yourself:

• A child is more likely to be sexually abused by someone you know – a family member, friend, clergy or neighbor – than a stranger. Be cautious about “stranger danger” messages that may keep a child from talking to you about someone they know who is hurting them.

• It is never too early to tell a child that no one has the right to touch them if they don’t want to be touched. This includes loving touches from parents, grandparents and other family and friends. Remind adults to respect a child’s decision if they don’t want to be tickled, kissed, hugged or touched – for any reason.

• Teach children about their bodies and what abuse is, and, when age-appropriate, about sex. Teach them words that help them discuss sex comfortably with you. Use the correct terms for body parts, not silly names.

• Understand why a child may not tell you if someone is hurting them. The abuser often shames the child or tells the child that his or her parents will be angry. The abuser is often manipulative and may try to confuse the child about what is right or wrong. The child may be worried that the abuser will harm you if you find out.

• Consider reading an age-appropriate book about child sexual abuse to help illustrate what you mean. This is an easy way to repeat the message.

• Role play with a child about ways to respond if someone touches him or her. Teach the child to firmly say no and then tell an adult. Use puppets or dolls to act out the response.

• If a child seems uncomfortable or resistant to being with a particular adult, ask why.

Remind Children:

• Your body belongs to you.

• Sometimes even people that we love can hurt us.

• Surprises and secrets are not the same. Secrets are almost never a good idea.

• There is a difference between safe touches, ouch touches and uh-oh touches. Uh-oh touches might not hurt, but make us feel uncomfortable. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, you should tell an adult.

• It is “against the rules” for adults to act in a sexual way with them. (Use examples.)

• No one has the right to touch body parts that are covered by their bathing suits unless that person is cleaning/bathing you or a doctor.

• Everyone has the same body parts and no one should be ashamed of them.