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Cold case sexual assault cases may involve a delay from the date the crime occurred to the filing of criminal charges. The legal effect of delay during this timeframe can be assessed by the applicable statute of limitations and whether the delay violates the defendant's right to due process. This brief explores some issues surrounding pre-accusatorial delay.
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.