Research and evaluation are vital to sexual assault reform and help agencies assess protocols and progress when making changes. Research and lessons learned from testing unsubmitted sexual assault kits expand what we know about sexual assault, sexual assault response, serial offenders, and forensic testing strategies. Agencies can use research products and tools to learn from current SAKI research and begin their own research efforts to improve responses to sexual assault. More resources coming soon!
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.