With the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act of 2005(P.L. no. 109-162), there was a congressional recognition of the need to provide funding for services to victims of sexual assault. This recognition came in part from an examination of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, which provides a dual approach to combating domestic violence, creating awareness of and education about the issue, and providing funding for services for domestic violence victims.
Senate Report 110-124 describes the need for SASP as follows:
to address gaps in services to sexual assault victims and their families. While Congress has worked to ensure that crime controls are in place to address sexual offenders, Congress now wants to ensure that there is a dedicated stream of funding to provide a broad range of services to male, female and child sexual assault victims and their families through the wellestablished and well-regarded system of community-based rape crisis
centers throughout the United States. These agencies ability to serve the needs of victims has been hampered by a significant lack of resources. (SASP) addressees this lack of resources and meets the distinct need to strengthen the continuum of intervention responses to sexual assault victims, their families and the community.