The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force: Transforming Texas’ Response to Sexual Violence

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 19, 2022

Hillary England
Hillary England, MSW
Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force Administrator
Office of the Texas Governor
Rose Luna
Rose Luna, MS
Chief Executive Officer
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA)

This presentation will highlight the outcomes of a bipartisan legislation designed to improve Texas’ response to sexual assault, culminating in the creation and implementation of a statewide Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force (SASTF) in Texas in 2019. This was a pivotal moment for sexual assault survivors in Texas, a state that has witnessed the passage of key legislation prioritizing survivors’ needs. This legislation includes newly mandated requirements for increased system accountability and transparency; the collection of multiple data sets illuminating critical aspects of how the system is functioning; and the creation of a statewide task force that includes survivors along with some of Texas’ foremost experts and practitioners in the field of sexual assault. The speakers will integrate the conference theme of reimagining justice via an overview of this unprecedented statewide effort to address the prevention, investigation and prosecution of adult and child sexual assault. These efforts leave Texas poised to change the landscape in a meaningful way for adult and child sexual assault survivors across the state. The speakers will highlight three aspects of the SASTF’s work: implementation design and execution; key outcomes including policy changes and protocol improvements; and a case study on developing a trauma-informed rubric and a statewide safety planning protocol.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Describe best practices for designing and implementing statewide, multidisciplinary teams to address sexual violence.
  • Identify and implement best practices for survivor inclusion in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Describe how statewide multidisciplinary teams can influence and shape policy and protocol change. 
  • Demonstrate the advantages of leveraging multiple groups of subject matter experts to enhance statewide multidisciplinary team outcomes.


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