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

As of September 2018

61,134
kits inventoried
44,952
kits sent for testing
6,366
CODIS hits

The 4th Annual National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Grantees Meeting

The 4th Annual National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Grantees Meeting is tentatively scheduled for June 6-7 in Arlington, VA. SAKI TTA is soliciting the submission of abstracts on topics to be presented. All submissions must be completed by 5:00pm ET on or before March 8, 2019. Making travel arrangements at this time is NOT recommended.

SAKI News and Events

The evidence from their sexual assault is not languishing in a room somewhere' - a rape kit update from the state
Rebecca Palsha, KTUU 2, Jan 25, 2019
The Alaska Department of Public Safety has used SAKI funding to test 400 of their 600 previously unsubmitted kits and 50 DNA profiles that were eligible, have been uploaded to CODIS.

DNA from 2014 Seattle sexual assault matched to man already serving time for rape
Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, Jan 26, 2019
DNA from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit matched that of a man who was already serving time in prison for another sexual assault.

NC has more than 10,000 untested rape kits. A new plan aims to erase the backlog.
Josh Shaffer, The News & Observer, Jan 29, 2019
NC Attorney General Josh Stein announced the introduction of the Survivors Act which asks for $6 Million in funding for testing previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits and set standards for submitting kits to the crime lab.

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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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