SAKI awarded the Allegheny County Police (ACP) a 2019 grant of $493,227 to standardize sexual assault investigation in Allegheny County and to ensure a victim-centered approach. ACP will work with fellow multidisciplinary team membersâ€”including the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner, Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, and Pittsburgh Action Against Rape and Center for Victims. ACP plans to complete a county-wide inventory of all sexual assault kits (SAKs) and create a sexual assault case database to strengthen sexual assault response and data reporting, as well as to create a transparent process for SAK testing and engaging survivors.
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.