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

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

SAKI News and Events

After 47 years, Yakima police identify a cold case homicide victim
Johanna Bejarano,, Jul 8, 2024
"A cold case victim from nearly 50 years ago has been identified. The Yakima Police Department spoke about the case on July 2. “The application was completed and submitted to the Washington state attorney general’s office to receive a grant through a sexual assault kit initiative funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance to fund the genetic genealogy process,” she said."

FY2024 Solicitation Webinar - National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Jul 8, 2024
The recently released FY2024 National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) site solicitation was featured as part of a webinar on Monday, July 8th. This webinar, presented by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), includes an overview of various elements of the solicitation, to include changes from previous iterations of the program, eligibility requirements, and guidance on application submission.

Sexual Assault Kits in Wisconsin
Alani Claudio, WEAU, Jul 5, 2024
" Beginning on July 1, sexual assault kits in the state of Wisconsin must now be processed within six months. Attorney General Josh Kaul said he’s confident crime labs will be able to meet the new timeline."

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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.


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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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