Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeCommission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (Salt Lake County, Utah)

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Salt Lake County will use SAKI grant funds to increase support for and improve the systematic response to victims and survivors of rape and sexual assault, increase transparency throughout the criminal justice process, enhance the prosecution rates of sexual violence cases, reduce processing times for SAKs, and advocate for policy changes at the state and local levels.

View quarterly reports and other updates on SAKI in Salt Lake County from CCJJ.

Funded in 2015, Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice/Utah Department of Public Safety, has made several achievements to date:

  • In July 2017, they launched a victim information line for victims to inquire about their unsubmitted sexual assault kit. In the first two months, they received 7 calls.
  • The SAKI team has created a Victim Therapeutic Fund to assist survivors of sexual assault on cases involving unsubmitted kits.
  • In September 2016, they began a case review process. The team uses a multidisciplinary approach to assess the potential for prosecution of cold case sexual assaults once DNA evidence is obtained from an unsubmitted sexual assault kit. To date, the team has reviewed 86 cold cases and 10 cases have been filed by the District Attorney.
  • In May 2018, the Utah SAKI team announced the launch of the Utah Department of Public Safety Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System. Survivors can use the system to track the status of their SAK in Utah. Click here to view the system.

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To learn more about their progress, read below for other news and events out of Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (Salt Lake County, Utah).

News and Events

Rape kit testing leads to charges in 2006 case
Ashley Imlay, Deseret News, Oct 22, 2018
A 12-year-old sexual assault kit processed through the Salt Lake County Sexual Assault Kit Initiative leads to an arrest. This kit was among the more than 2,000 previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits that have been sent to the Utah State Crime Lab for DNA testing

Hotline breaks 12-year-old rape cold case
Pat Reavy, Deseret News Utah, Oct 4, 2018
DNA testing and the establishment of a hotline by the Utah Department of Public Safety has lead to charges in the 2006 kidnapping and rape of a then 16-year-old girl.

Southern Utah officials receive training on tracking sexual assault kits
Markee Heckenliable, St George News, Aug 1, 2018
A group of trainers from the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice has been traveling the state to provide free training to law enforcement, sexual assault nurse examiners, and victim advocates on use of a tracking system and other requirements of HB200.

New DPS online tool allows victims to track sexual assault kits
Rosie Nguyen, Good4Utah.com, Jun 6, 2018
The Utah Department of Public Safety and Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice announced the launch of a statewide evidence tracking system. Survivors can access real-time information about their SAK through the system.

Utah Hotline Set up for Victims to Get Updates on Rape Kits
The Associated Press, U.S. News, Jul 20, 2017
Salt Lake County and state officials have created a hotline for use with survivors of sexual assault in order for them to get updates on the status of their rape kit. The Utah Crime Director also recently reported that the laboratory has completed testing of about half of the backlogged rape kits in Utah.

Utah’s SAKI Website Updated
Utah Office on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Jul 1, 2017
Utah’s SAKI website has been recently updated with resources about their Sexual Assault Kit Information Line, the SAKI Therapeutic Treatment Fund, and monthly working group meeting minutes. To learn more, read the full article.

Salt Lake police: Hundreds of once-backlogged rape kits now submitted to crime lab
Ben Lockhart, KSL, May 20, 2016
The Salt Lake City Police Department have submitted all of their backlogged sexual assault kits to the Utah State Crime lab, a total of 768 kits. Kits in Salt Lake County will be tested through the partnership with DANY and SAKI.

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