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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeNorth Carolina Department of Justice

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The North Carolina Department of Justice (NC DOJ) was awarded a $2-million SAKI grant in FY2018. The funding has been used to complete their sexual assault kit (SAK) inventory; develop a comprehensive, statewide approach for addressing previously unsubmitted SAKs; and increase trauma-informed sexual assault investigations and prosecutions.

Through their SAKI award, NC DOJ has convened regular multidisciplinary team meetings with representatives from across the state and from many different professional backgrounds; these meetings have involved discussions about project progress and about developing guidance regarding cold case sexual assault investigations for local jurisdictions. As of September 2020, the NC DOJ SAKI team had developed victim notification protocols and held trainings across the state to educate law enforcement personnel, district attorneys, and victim advocates about this new protocol.

For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.

North Carolina Department of Justice Funding

Year Amount Purpose Area
FY2018 $2,000,000 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits

News and Events

Jury returns guilty verdict in decades-old Wilmington rape case
Krys Merryman, StarNews Online, May 20, 2021
DNA from a previously untested SAK leads to guilty verdict in cold case sexual assault from 1996 in Wilmington, NC.

Jury returns guilty verdict in decades-old Wilmington rape case
Krys Merryman, StarNews Online, May 20, 2021
DNA from a previously untested SAK leads to guilty verdict in cold case sexual assault from 1996 in Wilmington, NC.

Attorney General Josh Stein Provides Update on Sexual Assault Kit Testing
North Carolina Department of Justice, Dec 10, 2020
“Continuing to test these kits is critical to promoting public safety in North Carolina,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “Thanks to tested kits, law enforcement has made arrests in recent weeks solving violent crimes in Fayetteville, Wilmington, Durham, and other communities across the state. The state has tested 2,169 previously untested SAKS. 764 cases have been entered into the state and national DNA databases. Forty percent of those cases had a hit to a known person in the database or to another case, allowing law enforcement to move the case forward.

NC Senate approves budget with rape kit reform
Matt Moore, WYFF, May 31, 2019
NC Senate has approved the state's budget which earmarks $3 million for testing unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

NC has more than 10,000 untested rape kits. A new plan aims to erase the backlog.
Josh Shaffer, The News & Observer, Jan 29, 2019
NC Attorney General Josh Stein announced the introduction of the Survivors Act which asks for $6 Million in funding for testing previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits and set standards for submitting kits to the crime lab.

North Carolina Gets $2 Million Federal Grant to Test Sexual Assault Kits
Alex Olgin, WFAE 90.7, Oct 4, 2018
North Carolina received $2 million in funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to test previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits, investigate and prosecute the associated cases, and receive training on trauma-informed, victim-centered approaches.

North Carolina Launches Sexual Assault Tracking System
Alex Olgin, WFAE 90.7, Oct 1, 2018
The North Carolina Attorney General's office will be launching their new Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Technology Inventory Management System (STIMS) early next week. This system will allow victims to track their sexual assault kits as they go through processing.

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Our Mission

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.

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