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

As of October 2016

jurisdictions funded
kits inventoried
kits sent for testing

Why This Matters

Update: 19 new SAKI grant awards and 12 new grantees have been announced. Find out who they are.

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.




The SAKI Training and Technical Assistance program is hosting a webinar series to provide guidance on issues related to unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Topics will include the inventory of SAKs, the neurobiology of trauma, victim notification, investigation, evidence tracking, and prosecution.

Practitioner Resources

Practitioners and stakeholders can use this web site to access relevant research, policies, protocols, and evidence-based practices for multidisciplinary teams, law enforcement, victim advocates, prosecutors, SANEs, and crime laboratories.

Regional Trainings

Register for upcoming regional trainings hosted by the SAKI. View videos and content from past trainings held for practitioners and stakeholders.

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.

SAKI News and Events

CMPD to get more resources to solve sex crimes
Joe Bruno, WSOCTV, Feb 9, 2017
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is making strides to outsource sexual assault kit testing by entering into a new contract with Sorenson Forensics LLC. The funds for this nearly $250,000 contract are provided through the 2016 Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant from the Department of Justice. Read the full story to learn more.

Rape kit tested 2 decades later leads to arrest
Francesca Amiker, News4 Jax, Jan 16, 2017
A 1995 sexual assault case was solved, and the perpetrator was arrested on sexual battery charges after the sexual assault kit was tested. The sexual assault kit was tested in 2014 under state efforts to test all unsubmitted sexual assault kits. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is using state and federal funding to allow for processing previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Remaining kits are expected to be submitted to the FDLE crime lab early in 2017. For more information, read the full story.

WI DOJ Launches Program To Address Backlog Of Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits
Laurel White, Wisconsin Public Radio, Jan 30, 2017
A new initiative by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and a sexual assault prevention group aims to decrease the backlog of sexual assault evidence kits in the state. The initiative, called “By Your Side,” reaches out to survivors of sexual assault who have had kits collected and provides connections to support services. Read the full story or visit to learn more.

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