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The City of Indianapolis was awarded a grant in the amount of $1,403,842 in FY2019. The funding is being used to inventory, test, and submit an estimated 5,024 untested sexual assault kits (SAKs). Additionally, the City of Indianapolis anticipates submitting a total of 1,934 partially tested SAKs under this funding. The city will staff additional resources to investigate cold cases and work with advocacy groups. An evidence tracking system is in the early development stages.
As of 2021, the site has completed their inventory of unsubmitted SAKs. In FY2022, the City of Indianapolis received a $2.5 million grant to inventory partially tested SAKs and to support personnel on their multidisciplinary Sexual Assault Response Team. Investigation and prosecution will continue on all SAKI cases to the fullest extent possible through a collaborative effort with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency, and other community stakeholders.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2019||$1,403,842||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2022||$2,500,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
Indianapolis hopes to address backlog of 6,600 sexual assault kits
Jasmine Minor, WISHTV, Apr 28, 2022
A federal grant and a better way to analyze DNA is allowing Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to address a backlog of 6,600 sexual assault kits, some dating back to 1995, IMPD says.
After year delay, IMPD begins sexual assault reform with inventory of thousands of rape kits
Jill Gavin. CBS 4, Apr 30, 2021
“There are three goals for the grant: accountability, justice and reform,” Jane French, Site Coordinator said.
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.