Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force
Created by House Bill 1590 during the 86th Legislative Session (Representative Donna Howard and Senator Kirk Watson), the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force (SASTF) is housed in the Office of the Governor's Public Safety Office and seeks to establish a survivor-centered, trauma-informed, collaborative and coordinated response to sexual violence experienced by adults and children in Texas.
To ensure a collective effort, HB 1590 mandated representation from agencies across Texas with duties related to the prevention, investigation, or prosecution of sexual assault and other sex offenses, as well as agencies that provide services to survivors. The SASTF also includes other members as designated by the Steering Committee.
The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force is a crucial component of our enduring goal to raise awareness, combat this heinous crime, and secure justice for survivors. Together, we will continue to develop methods of prevention, support these courageous survivors, and ensure a brighter future for all Texans.
Governor Greg Abbott
Texas leads the nation through our effective, survivor-centered, trauma-informed response to sexual violence, where adult and child survivors are heard, believed and supported, offenders are held accountable, and all system partners work collaboratively to end sexual violence.
Establish a survivor-centered, trauma-informed, collaborative and coordinated response to sexual violence experienced by adults and children in Texas through:
- Creating and advancing actionable policy recommendations, protocols, and best practices that address the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of sexual assault and other sex offenses, services and resources for survivors, and funding for services;
- Improving the content, effectiveness, and accessibility of training and resources for professionals responding to sexual assault and other sex offenses, including law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges;
- Providing accurate information regarding resources for survivors in a centralized, accessible, understandable format;
- Building transparency and accountability by making data related to sexual assault prevention, investigation, and prosecution publicly available in a centralized, accessible, understandable format; and
- Promoting culture change that counters prevalent myths about sexual assault and reflects the reality of sexual assault dynamics and effects on adults and children.
Report to the Legislature
Each even-numbered year, the Task Force will submit a report to the Texas Legislature that includes:
- a description of the resources provided to child and adult survivors by nonprofit organizations, health care facilities, institutions of higher education, sexual assault response teams, and governmental entities in each region of the state;
- a description of the differences between the resources provided to both child and adult survivors and the statewide standard, comparable by region and by year;
- recommendations on measures the state and each region could take to better comply with the statewide standard;
- a description of potential sources and mechanisms of funding available to implement the recommendations; and
- recommendations for accomplishing policy goals.