Salt Lake County will use SAKI grant funds to increase support for and improve the systematic response to victims and survivors of rape and sexual assault, increase transparency throughout the criminal justice process, enhance the prosecution rates of sexual violence cases, reduce processing times for SAKs, and advocate for policy changes at the state and local levels.
View quarterly reports and other updates on SAKI in Salt Lake County from CCJJ.
Funded in 2015, Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice/Utah Department of Public Safety, has made several achievements to date:
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To learn more about their progress, read below for other news and events out of Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (Salt Lake County, Utah).
Utah's rape kit testing backlog is gone; good news for victims, police and prosecutors
Mark Shenefelt , Standard Examiner, Aug 18, 2020
Utah’s backlog of rape kit testing has been eliminated.
State says 97% of backlogged rape kits have now been tested
Christine Flores, KUTV, Jul 27, 2020
SAKI project updates from Utah. Thus far, there have been 4,481 SAKs tested, and 2,594 DNA profiles to the CODIS database. Of those, 1,072 suspects have been identified — and through that process, 287 serial rapists/sex offender have been identified. This has led to 34 prosecutions in Utah.
Tracking sexual assault kits: New system keeps 1,500+ survivors informed
Rosie Nguyen, ABC 4, Jun 28, 2019
Since the Utah Department of Public Safety launched the Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System last June, experts said 1,598 victims have used the online tool. In the last three years, they site has been able to test 3,304 kits, upload 1,548 DNA profiles to the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), and identified 628 suspects in CODIS.
DPS holds sex crime training to provide better resources for victims
Peter Valencia, ABC 4, Feb 21, 2019
Utah's Department of Public Safety hosted their second training for sex crime investigators. During this training, a registered nurse discussed the role that SANEs have in sexual assault investigations.
'You can get justice': Utah rape kit initiative pushing for prosecution statewide
Ashley Imlay, Deseret News Utah, Jan 1, 2019
The Utah Sexual Assault Kits Initiative prosecuted its first case resulting from testing a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit from 2009.
Rape kit testing leads to charges in 2006 case
Ashley Imlay, Deseret News, Oct 22, 2018
A 12-year-old sexual assault kit processed through the Salt Lake County Sexual Assault Kit Initiative leads to an arrest. This kit was among the more than 2,000 previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits that have been sent to the Utah State Crime Lab for DNA testing
Hotline breaks 12-year-old rape cold case
Pat Reavy, Deseret News Utah, Oct 4, 2018
DNA testing and the establishment of a hotline by the Utah Department of Public Safety has lead to charges in the 2006 kidnapping and rape of a then 16-year-old girl.
Southern Utah officials receive training on tracking sexual assault kits
Markee Heckenliable, St George News, Aug 1, 2018
A group of trainers from the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice has been traveling the state to provide free training to law enforcement, sexual assault nurse examiners, and victim advocates on use of a tracking system and other requirements of HB200.
New DPS online tool allows victims to track sexual assault kits
Rosie Nguyen, Good4Utah.com, Jun 6, 2018
The Utah Department of Public Safety and Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice announced the launch of a statewide evidence tracking system. Survivors can access real-time information about their SAK through the system.
Utah Hotline Set up for Victims to Get Updates on Rape Kits
The Associated Press, U.S. News, Jul 20, 2017
Salt Lake County and state officials have created a hotline for use with survivors of sexual assault in order for them to get updates on the status of their rape kit. The Utah Crime Director also recently reported that the laboratory has completed testing of about half of the backlogged rape kits in Utah.
Utah’s SAKI Website Updated
Utah Office on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Jul 1, 2017
Utah’s SAKI website has been recently updated with resources about their Sexual Assault Kit Information Line, the SAKI Therapeutic Treatment Fund, and monthly working group meeting minutes. To learn more, read the full article.
Salt Lake police: Hundreds of once-backlogged rape kits now submitted to crime lab
Ben Lockhart, KSL, May 20, 2016
The Salt Lake City Police Department have submitted all of their backlogged sexual assault kits to the Utah State Crime lab, a total of 768 kits. Kits in Salt Lake County will be tested through the partnership with DANY and SAKI.
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.