Cold case sexual assault victims being reengaged in the criminal justice system can have complex, difficult emotions after being notified about renewed activity in their case. Victim advocates provide valuable support to sexual assault victims, which benefits victims and the criminal justice process. Victim advocate resources help victims on their path to recovery and their interactions with the criminal justice system to ensure a positive experience with law enforcement and prosecutors.
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.