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SAKI is enhancing the criminal justice response to sexual assault and ensuring justice for victims.

203,552
kits inventoried
95,140
kits sent for testing
17,670
CODIS hits
2,553
CODIS hits to serial sex offenders
9,519
CODIS hits to serial violent offenders

Note: Cumulative performance metrics are updated quarterly based on state and local level reports.

SAKI News and Events

Durham snags $1.15M federal grant to test rape evidence kits, prosecute sex crime cold cases
CBS11 (WTVD), Jan 25, 2024
"The push to get justice for more victims of sexual assault crimes in Durham got a boost Tuesday. The Durham County District Attorney's Office announced it had received a federal grant worth $1.15 million to continue the prosecution of cases charged as the result of sexual assault evidence kits."

Man charged in 1998 Raleigh rape case, given $3 million bond
WRAL News, Jan 25, 2024
"A man has been charged in connection with a decades-old rape case in Raleigh after a sexual assault kit and DNA database brought new evidence to light. Averette Alston was charged for his alleged role in a sexual assault from Aug. 26, 1998, on South State Street."

Aggressive effort to clear Dallas backlog of sexual assault cases continues
Alicia Barrera, NBCDFW, Jan 23, 2024
"The Dallas Police Department and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office continue their aggressive efforts to clear old sexual assault cases. “We owe it to our survivors, and it's incredibly important to us. So, that's why we really wanted to push to make sure that we are on track,” Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said."

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Why This Matters

SAKI is enhancing the criminal justice response to sexual assault and ensuring justice for victims. SAKI funding will not only help link victims to advocates and needed services, but also help jurisdictions implement best practices and comprehensive reform to help bring perpetrators to justice and increase safety in communities by preventing future sexual assaults.

Resources

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Webinars

Sign up for upcoming webinars or watch webinars from the SAKI archive. Presentations feature practitioners and experts with years of experience in current and cold case sexual assault. The webinars cover investigations, forensic testing, prosecution strategies, victim notification, the neurobiology of trauma, offender research, and more

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Virtual Academy

Choose from five E-Learning Curricula that provide guidance on issues related to unsubmitted sexual assault kits. The courses walk learners through the importance of SAK testing, the effects of trauma, creating a testing plan, victim notification, cold case investigation and prosecution. Individual modules allow learners to complete trainings at their own pace.

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SAKI Toolkit

Explore hands-on resources tailored for practitioners working to improve their community's response to sexual assault. The SAKI Toolkit contains topics centered around skill development and covers the key categories of sexual assault response. Explore resources, save tools to a customizable Briefcase, or create resource sets to share with others.

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For Survivors

SAKI is committed to helping survivors of sexual assault. If you or someone you know needs help, support is available through the resources provided by our partners.

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Our Mission

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.

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