SAKI is enhancing the criminal justice response to sexual assault and ensuring justice for victims.

As of June 2017

41,804
kits inventoried
18,565
kits sent for testing
2,046
CODIS hits

Why This Matters

Update: 21 new SAKI grant awards and 9 new grantees have been announced. Find out who they are.

SAKI is enhancing the criminal justice response to sexual assault and ensuring justice for victims. SAKI funding will not only help link victims to advocates and needed services, but also help jurisdictions implement best practices and comprehensive reform to help bring perpetrators to justice and increase safety in communities by preventing future sexual assaults.

Statewide Rape Kit Reform

Watch the latest SAKI video to learn how SAKI states are leading efforts to implement comprehensive testing and reform efforts. Read more about the states and communities funded under SAKI.

Resources

Webinars

The SAKI Training and Technical Assistance program is hosting a webinar series to provide guidance on issues related to unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Topics will include the inventory of SAKs, the neurobiology of trauma, victim notification, investigation, evidence tracking, and prosecution.

Practitioner Resources

Practitioners and stakeholders can use this web site to access relevant research, policies, protocols, and evidence-based practices for multidisciplinary teams, law enforcement, victim advocates, prosecutors, SANEs, and crime laboratories.

Regional Trainings

Register for upcoming regional trainings hosted by the SAKI. View videos and content from past trainings held for practitioners and stakeholders.

For Survivors

SAKI is committed to helping survivors of sexual assault. If you or someone you know needs help, support is available through the resources provided by our partners.

SAKI News and Events

Serial rape suspect gets 40 years in prison after backlogged rape kits tested
Tasha Tsiaperas, Dallas News, Sep 1, 2017
A Dallas man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the rape of a woman over a decade ago. He has also been previously accused and convicted in at least 4 other rapes. To learn more about the positive work Dallas is doing to put these criminals behind bars, read the full article.

$4M funding to help clear Nevada backlog in rape kit testing
Colton Lochhead, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Aug 24, 2017
Thanks to an additional $4.35 million funding injection, Nevada will be better able to address its backlog of untested sexual assault kits. The funding, along with funding from the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, will help Nevada submit and test the remaining kits, as well as assist investigation and prosecution on the DNA hits coming back from those cases. To learn more, read the full article.

PSA Reminds Sexual Assault Survivors They are not Alone
Big Island Now Staff, Big Island Now.com, Aug 13, 2017
A new Public Service Announcement (PSA) video under Project Malama Kakou aims to reach sexual assault survivors who may feel isolated, sharing caring and victim-centered support and information services. The PSA is located at ag.hawaii.gov/hisaki. To learn more, visit the link and read the full article.

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