Advanced Sexual Assault Response Team (SART):

Effective Practices for Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Violence Cases

June 19-20, 2018
Wichita, KS

Presented by:


Jonathan H. Kurland

Prior to joining AEquitas, Jonathan worked for sixteen years as a prosecutor in the District Attorney's Office in Berks County, Pennsylvania, serving as Chief Deputy District Attorney, Chief of Trials, and Assistant District Attorney. For five years he supervised prosecutions involving intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child abuse and fatalities, and grand jury investigations. Throughout his career, he has successfully prosecuted domestic violence homicides, campus sexual assaults, cold case sexual assaults, intimate partner violence, stalking, child pornography and exploitation, child abuse and molestation, and human trafficking. Jonathan has extensive experience working with multidisciplinary partners, including victim advocacy and medical professionals.

Tom McDevitt

A 35-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, Tom has extensive patrol, undercover, and investigative experience, including over 17 years of supervising sexual assault investigations. From 1997 to 2011, Tom was assigned as commander of the Special Investigations section of the Special Victims Unit. He oversaw thousands of investigations of sexual assault and stranger patterns ranging from nuisance behaviors to brutal rapes and homicide. With the advent and advances in DNA technology, he led a team of investigators who culled unsolved cold cases, bringing over 300 to a conclusion over a 5-year period. He has also been involved with over 10,000 sexual assault investigations. After retiring in 2011, Tom obtained a Private Investigators License and became part of a multi-disciplinary team that was hired by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to re-investigate allegations against 37 priests, some dating back over 50 years. The investigation has resulted in 18 priests being removed from the priesthood.

Stop Sexual Violence Before It Starts

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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About 1 in 5 women have experienced rape or attempted rape in their lifetime.

About 1 in 15 men have been made to penetrate someone else during their lifetime.

Stopping sexual violence before it happens is a CDC priority.

It can be prevented.

CDC has developed a technical package to help states and communities use the best available evidence to prevent sexual violence.


  • Teach skills to prevent sexual violence.
  • Provide opportunities to empower and support girls and women.
  • Create protective environments.
  • Support victims/survivors to lessen harms.
  • Promote social norms that protect against violence.

It is important to monitor and evaluate your efforts while the field of violence prevention continues to evolve.

Be a part of the solution. Learn more at

Your prevention efforts may involve developing new partnerships or working across sectors, including:

  • Public Health
  • Government
  • Health Care Services
  • Social Services
  • Education
  • Businesses
  • Justice
  • Housing
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Foundations

Together We Can Stop Sexual Violence.


Use CDC’s technical package to begin or expand your prevention efforts.

Additional program planning and implementation resources can be found on CDC websites:

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