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Notifying sexual assault survivors about renewed activity in their cold cases brings up complex, traumatic emotions and requires commitment from all disciplines to establish and follow protocols that ensure a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach. Multidisciplinary team members and criminal justice professionals should use guidance and lessons learned by peers to reengage survivors in the criminal justice system.
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.