Sexual Assault Services Program [Department of Justice] Law and Legal Definition

The Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) is the first federal grant program that provided direct intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault. The SASP was created by the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005). The objective of the program is to increase intervention, advocacy, accompaniment, support services, and related assistance for adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault; family and household members of such victims; and those collaterally affected by the victimization, except for the perpetrator of such victimization. The SASP supports efforts to help survivors heal from sexual assault trauma through direct intervention and related assistance from social service organizations such as rape crisis centers through 24-hour sexual assault hotlines, crisis intervention, and medical and criminal justice accompaniment.