The Ventura County Sheriff's Office Forensic Sciences Bureau (FSB), in partnership with the Ventura County District Attorney's Office and six local law enforcement agencies, received FY2021 funding in the amount of $2,498,907 to assist in testing approximately 1,000 sexual assault kits (SAKs). In addition to using FY2021 funding for SAK testing, FSB will also form a multidisciplinary working group to develop policies for inventorying, prioritizing, and testing all unsubmitted SAKs. Members of the working group will include law enforcement agents, prosecutors, a sexual assault nurse examiner, victim advocates, and victim treatment providers. A Project Implementation Team will also be formed to investigate and prosecute cases using a victim-centered approach.
For more information on the specific SAKI award for this site, see the table below.
|FY2021||$2,498,907||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
Ventura County Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Receives Second $2.5 Million Grant
Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Goldrushcam.com, Oct 31, 2023
“This new award provides additional momentum for VCSAKI,” said Sheriff Fryhoff. “We thank the Department of Justice for helping provide us with the resources we need to bring justice to as many victims as we can.”
Finding answers for rape survivors: Initiative targets decades-old assault-kit backlog
www.simivalleyacorn.com, Jun 24, 2023
"For Senior Deputy District Attorney Brent Nibecker, analyzing every one of Ventura County’s backlogged sexual assault kits is the right thing to do. With that in mind, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office’s forensic services bureau recently submitted the first 100 of an estimated 3,000 backlogged kits to a lab for analysis. The Ventura County sexual assault kit initiative, funded by a $2.5-million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, is a multi-agency effort to submit all untested kits for DNA testing, investigate unsolved cases and prosecute offenders. June 1 marked the launch of the project’s website, vcsaki.com, where the community can track the county’s progress."
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.