Welcome to your role as a Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) Administrator! The SASP funding is the first and only federal funding stream solely dedicated to the provision of direct intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault and is administered by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) in the Department of Justice. Administrators of the formula funding have an important responsibility in guiding funding for sexual assault services. How administrators write solicitations, monitor programs and services, and prioritize program development and funding directly affects the quality of sexual violence services in each state or territory. How administrators involve state or territorial sexual assault coalitions as well as the voices of survivors in planning also affects the quality of sexual violence services. This toolkit will help orient you to your role as a SASP administrator and provide resources to aid in implementing the SASP funding. For individualized assistance, contact Elizabeth Edmondson Bauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This fact sheet explains the role of The Resource Sharing Project (RSP) as a comprehensive technical assistance provider for SASP administrators.
This publication provides an overview of SASP, reporting requirements, contact information for various needs as well as links to other helpful documents. This document is essential reading for new administrators and is a helpful reference for seasoned administrators.
This webinar recording was facilitated by Melissa Schmisek from OVW and Elizabeth Edmondson Bauer from the RSP and is for new SASP administrators. It provides an overview of SASP and discusses several publications that may be helpful for new administrators.
This glossary is to assist SASP administrators in understanding the broader context of sexual violence. These terms are not intended to replace legislative definitions within grant contracts or guidance, but to offer deeper knowledge and insight into sexual assault programs and the language they use.
This is a frequently asked questions document from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) about the Sexual Assault Services Formula Grant Program.
The Resource Sharing Project SASP TA Specialist is available to visit your state or territory as part of our project. The purpose and structure of these visits vary as we tailor them to your specific needs. This document provides more specific information about site visits.
We are happy to have consulted with the Sexual Violence Justice Institute at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (SVJI @ MNCASA) as they worked with the Office of Violence Against Women, STOP/SASP Administrators, and other subject matter experts to produce the STOP/SASP Administrators Academy. Through this new online education tool, STOP/SASP administrators and allied professionals will learn about sexual violence, build a shared framework, and discover how STOP funds can support critical programs that can help victims/survivors heal.
The TA Provider Resource Center website has a calendar, directory, and resource library. The calendar includes events hosted by OVW TA providers. The TA provider directory lists all organizations and projects that are funded by OVW to provide TA. The TA resource library houses written products and resources developed by TA providers with OVW funds.
Working with the state coalition is essential in building comprehensive sexual assault services with SASP funds and it is the responsibility of the administrator to involve the coalition. Coalitions are funded to provide training and technical assistance to SASP funded programs and state administrating agencies must demonstrate that they have meaningfully collaborated with the designated sexual assault coalition in developing the application for SASP funding and implementing the plans to administer the funds. This collaboration should be regular and consistent.
Administrators have a responsibility to involve underserved populations and communities, including tribes, in developing and implementing plans for SASP funds. This is a fundamental part of SASP planning as many underserved communities are disproportionately affected by sexual violence and face barriers accessing services. SASP funds can be used to address these barriers and to create culturally specific and population specific services.
As defined by OVW, underserved communities are communities consisting of “populations who face barriers in accessing and using victim services, and include populations underserved because of geographic location, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, underserved racial and ethnic populations, populations underserved because of special needs (such as language barriers, disabilities, alienage status, or age), and any other population determined to be underserved by the Attorney General or by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, as appropriate.” 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(39).
Below are organizations and resources that may have useful information regarding underserved populations:
This website lists state and federally recognized tribes by state.
NAPIESV is a national organization established by Asian and Pacific Islander anti-sexual assault advocates to give voice to the experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander women and girls who are victims of sexual assault. NAPIESV’s goal is to provide technical assistance to culturally and linguistically specific organizations that are currently serving or attempting to serve victims of sexual assault in Asians and Pacific Islander communities.
SCESA is an advocacy organization of Women of Color dedicated to working with our communities to create a just society in which all Women of Color are able to live healthy lives free of violence.
Other resources that may be useful to you in your SASP Administration work include:
Elevate|Uplift, a partnership with the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC), the National Organization of Asian Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV), the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), and the Resource Sharing Project (RSP), is built on the foundation of lessons learned from the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative. Elevate | Uplift deepens and broadens that work by offering survivor-serving organizations the opportunity to explore these lessons learned with us.