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Charging decisions are a complex part of the criminal justice process; if a victim’s case will not be prosecuted, such a decision can cause retraumatization and produce strong emotions for the victim, including disillusionment with the criminal justice process. A victim advocate’s support can guide the victim on the path to closure, no matter the prosecutorial decision.
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.