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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeDepartment of Emergency Services and Public Protection (Connecticut)

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Connecticut's Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) will work with key partners to test all unsubmitted SAKs, except for those that are anonymous. DESPP will implement a holistic, victim-centered approach and create a working group that will identify and address the various factors that lead to high numbers of unsubmitted SAKs in Connecticut.

Funded in 2015, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (CT), used SAKI funding to achieve several goals and milestones:

  • 70% of the identified SAKs have been tested.
  • Testing of these SAKs has yielded 259 CODIS eligible DNA profiles and 75 CODIS hits.

DESPP received additional SAKI funding in 2017 for $1,847,559, which will go toward analyzing workflow and helping to design policies and procedures that improve SAK handling across the state—including investigation, prosecution, and victim notification. The additional funding will also allow DESPP to investigate and prosecute more cases in which SAKs were only partially tested.

DESPP received $1,488,202 in additional SAKI funds in 2019. With this funding, they will conduct additional testing on secondary evidence in sexual assault cases, fund positions of the existing victim notification coordinator and site coordinator, and support SAK tracking software, overtime, outsourcing, and travel.

Find more reports and updates from the Sexual Assault Kit Working Group in Connecticut.

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Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (Connecticut) Grantee Site Representatives

News and Events

Keeping track of kits a tool against rape
Emilie Munson, CT Post, Oct 7, 2018
Connecticut has purchased a tracking system that allows victims to see where their sexual assault kit is at any time.

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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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