In FY2017, SAKI awarded the City of Cleveland a $2,083,842 grant that the department has used to inventory and test thousands of sexual assault kits (SAKs), all of which date back to 1986-1992. This inventory supplements the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office SAKI inventory, which dates back to 1993. Grant funds have been utilized to support partnerships among the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, police, prosecution, and crime laboratories.
As of 2020, the City of Cleveland has implemented a victim notification protocol; submitted the majority of their inventoried SAKs for DNA testing; and continued strong partnerships with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, Case Western Reserve University, and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation laboratory.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2017||$2,083,842||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
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Serial Cleveland rapist pleads guilty to raping two women, gets 20 years tacked onto already lengthy sentence
Cory Shaffer, Cleveland.com, Jan 12, 2021
Investigators tied man already in prison to two attacks from the mid-2000's in Cleveland, OH through DNA evidence in previously untested rape kits as part of the Sexual Assault Kit Task Force. He was sentenced to another 20 years in prison.
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.