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SAKI awarded the Washington State Attorney General's Office (AG) a $3,000,000 grant. The grant money will be used to test thousands of sexual assault kits, establish a Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Team with two new investigators, and train law enforcement.

In 2019, the Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded the Washington State Attorney General's Office (AGO) an additional $2,500,000 to continue efforts with their SAKI project. Funding under Purpose Area 1 will be utilized to expand on victim advocacy by hiring a full-time victim advocate to support victim-centered, trauma-informed practices. The award will also be utilized to retain current investigators dedicated to their SAKI project and to test the remainder of unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Funding will also be utilized to aid efforts related to unsolved sexual assault cases by collecting lawfully owed DNA from offenders convicted of murder, manslaughter, kidnapping, or a felony sex crime. The AGO plans to hire a full-time DNA collection coordinator who will also be an investigator and a full-time violent crime analyst with the grant award.

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Washington State Attorney General's Office, Apr 6, 2020
The Attorney General’s Office today launched a website to keep the public up to date and provide comprehensive information about Washington’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) program, part of a statewide initiative to end Washington’s rape kit backlog.

DNA Analysis Leads to Arrest of Man in 2010 Rape Case
FM News 101, Sep 5, 2019
A DNA analysis of a sexual assault kit from 2010 rape case in Vancouver has led to an arrest.

‘We’ve finally fixed the system.’ Bill to eliminate rape-kit backlog signed into law
James Drew, The News Tribune, Apr 23, 2019
Governor Inslee signs HB 1166, a bill aimed to test all previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits in Washington, and also extends the statute of limitations for prosecuting sexual assault and sets mandatory timeline for submission.

Washington State Attorney General's Office, Mar 19, 2019
Washington State AG announced an extra $750,000 in grant funding to test previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

'Underresourced for years': Lawmakers push to speed up rape kit processing
Lynsi Burton, Seattle Pi, Feb 27, 2019
Propelled by their SAKI grant, Washington State plans to make more investments in their sexual assault kit testing process to ensure that they are all tested properly and that victims receive justice.

Sex offender arrested in 2006 rape of Seattle 12-year-old
Amy Clancy, KIRO 7, Feb 22, 2019
DNA from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit ed to an arrest in a 2006 sexual assault of a minor.

DNA from 2014 Seattle sexual assault matched to man already serving time for rape
Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, Jan 26, 2019
DNA from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit matched that of a man who was already serving time in prison for another sexual assault.

Sex assualt victims can track rape kits in online system
KING Staff, K5 News, Oct 30, 2018
A new computerized tracking system for sexual assault kits has been implemented in Washington. This new system will allow survivors of sexual assault to track the progress of their kit and potential resulting case as it moves forward.

Washington State Tries To Address Massive Rape Kit Backlog
Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, WBUR 90.9, Oct 22, 2018
Washington State is looking into ways to process their more than 8,000 previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits more efficiently. They are looking at how Ohio has processed their previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit backlog for answers.

Rape Kit that Sat Untested for 11 Years Turned Up a Match
Jenn Gidman, Newser, Oct 6, 2018
DNA testing has linked a convicted rapist to the 2007 kidnapping and rape of a 14-year-old girl in Seattle, Washington.

Sex offender charged with Seattle cold case rape, was serial groping suspecy
DeeDee Sun & Casey McNerthney, KIRO 7, Sep 28, 2018
A Seattle man has been charged with child rape after his DNA was a match to a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit from 2007. Funding from SAKI grants and legislation passed in 2015, have helped Washington state process sexual assault kits and find hits such as this one.

11 years after a rape in Seattle, DNA leads to charges against Illinois man
Sara Jean Green, Seattle Times, May 25, 2018
An Illinois man has been charged with first degree rape thanks to efforts in Washington State to test previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

AG’s Office Wins $3m Federal Grant To Process Backlogged Sexual Assault DNA Evidence
Washington State Office of the Attorney General, Oct 4, 2017
The Washington State Attorney General’s Office received a $3 million grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative to test and investigate the untested sexual assault kits and form a multidisciplinary team.

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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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