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

As of June 2021 *

136,060
kits inventoried
81,563
kits sent for testing
13,531
CODIS hits
1,875
CODIS hits to serial sex offenders
7,118
CODIS hits to serial violent offenders

* Cumulative performance metrics are updated quarterly based on state and local level reports. Therefore they do not reflect real-time data.

SAKI News and Events

Mills County Man Convicted of 2003 Kidnapping and Sex Offenses
Iowa Department of Justice, Oct 8, 2021
On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, Myron Lee Brandon, age 43, of Pacific Junction, Iowa, was found guilty in federal court of two counts of kidnapping and two counts of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. This was the first jury trial in the State of Iowa using DNA evidence processed by the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative.

Coldwater man convicted in second sexual assault kit initiative case
Krystle Hollman, WILX, Sep 30, 2021
Wednesday a Jackson County jury convicted a Coldwater man in the second of three sexual assault cases against him, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka announced. “This conviction is a testament to the determination our SAKI teams have maintained to secure justice for sexual assault survivors, regardless of the years that have passed since the assault,” Nessel said. “I appreciate the work done by the Jackson County SAKI team to reach this outcome.”

Serial rapist pleads guilty to five attacks in New Orleans for 32-year sentence
Matt Sledge, NOLA.com, Sep 29, 2021
Man who was arrested in 2018 after DNA linked him to a string of attacks on women at knife- or gunpoint, pleaded guilty to five counts of second-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape.

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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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