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SAKI is enhancing the criminal justice response to sexual assault and ensuring justice for victims.

As of June 2019

87,325
kits inventoried
54,200
kits sent for testing
8,537
CODIS hits

SAKI News and Events

Serial rapist gets 35 years; women testify: 'You probably don't remember me, but I remember you'
Matt Sledge, Nola.com, Sep 23, 2019
A judge sentenced Alfred Berry to 35 years in prison based on DNA evidence.

New Murder Charges Prompt Questions about Backlog of Rape Test Kits
Brian Thompson, MI Headlines, Sep 19, 2019
New murder charges were announced on Wednesday September 18th, 2019 against DeAngelo Martin, serial offender.

Man arrested in Philippines after DNA ties him to Alaska sexual assault
Bryan Dunagan, KTVA, Sep 6, 2019
The Alaska State Troopers, with the help of the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, have arrested a man in the Philippines after a DNA link to a sexual assault in Alaska 18 years ago.

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Why This Matters

SAKI is enhancing the criminal justice response to sexual assault and ensuring justice for victims. SAKI funding will not only help link victims to advocates and needed services, but also help jurisdictions implement best practices and comprehensive reform to help bring perpetrators to justice and increase safety in communities by preventing future sexual assaults.

Resources

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Webinars

Sign up for upcoming webinars or watch webinars from the SAKI archive. Presentations feature practitioners and experts with years of experience in current and cold case sexual assault. The webinars cover investigations, forensic testing, prosecution strategies, victim notification, the neurobiology of trauma, offender research, and more

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Virtual Academy

Choose from five E-Learning Curricula that provide guidance on issues related to unsubmitted sexual assault kits. The courses walk learners through the importance of SAK testing, the effects of trauma, creating a testing plan, victim notification, cold case investigation and prosecution. Individual modules allow learners to complete trainings at their own pace.

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SAKI Toolkit

Explore hands-on resources tailored for practitioners working to improve their community's response to sexual assault. The SAKI Toolkit contains topics centered around skill development and covers the key categories of sexual assault response. Explore resources, save tools to a customizable Briefcase, or create resource sets to share with others.

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For Survivors

SAKI is committed to helping survivors of sexual assault. If you or someone you know needs help, support is available through the resources provided by our partners.

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Our Mission

Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases. Through this program, funding is provided to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

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