The City of Indianapolis was awarded a grant in the amount of $1,403,842 in 2019. The funding will be used to inventory, test, and submit an estimated 5,024 untested sexual assault kits (SAKs). Additionally, 1,934 partially tested SAKs will be submitted under this funding. The city will staff additional resources to investigate cold cases and work with advocacy groups. An evidence tracking system will be developed.
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.