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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeCity of Cleveland (Ohio)

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In FY2017, SAKI awarded the City of Cleveland a $2,083,842 grant that the department has used to inventory and test thousands of sexual assault kits (SAKs), all of which date back to 1986-1992. This inventory supplements the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office SAKI inventory, which dates back to 1993. Grant funds have been utilized to support partnerships among the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, police, prosecution, and crime laboratories.

The City of Cleveland received an additional $2,461,762 in SAKI funding in FY2021, primarily to finish the outsourcing and technical analysis of their remaining SAKI cases. Additionally, the City of Cleveland will reevaluate existing policies and practices and continue implementing victim-centered approaches. Funding will also be utilized to hire an additional detective, maintain contractual partners with local agencies, receive peer-to-peer training, and send representatives to SAKI-sponsored events.

Over the course of their existing SAKI award, the City of Cleveland has implemented a victim notification protocol; submitted the majority of their inventoried SAKs for DNA testing; and continued strong partnerships with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, Case Western Reserve University, and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation laboratory.

For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.

City of Cleveland Funding

Year Amount Purpose Area
FY2017 $2,083,842 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
FY2021 $2,461,762 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits

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News and Events

Man found responsible for 1997 rape in Medina County
Avery Williams, Cleveland 19, Nov 24, 2021
On Nov. 18, nearly 25 years after the alleged crime, Medina County Judge Joyce Kimbler found Legg responsible for two counts of felony rape thanks to the sex assault kit testing initiative.

DNA genealogy testing leads to break in decades-old cold case rape in Cleveland
Sara Goldenberg , 19 News, Jul 12, 2021
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office GOLD unit just announced a 1999 cold case rape in Cleveland has been solved, thanks to an identification of the suspect made through FGG.

45-year-old Akron man found guilty of four cold case rapes thanks to matching DNA
Camryn Justice, News 5 Cleveland, May 14, 2021
A 45-year-old Akron man was found guilty of four cold case rapes stemming back as far as 2011 thanks to DNA evidence. "Justice has finally come for the survivors of these horrible attacks. I am so proud of these women who came forward and testified against this serial rapist,” said Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh. “I am also proud of the Assistant Prosecutors as well as our Sexual Assault Specialist for their work on this case. Finally, I want to thank the Akron Police Department for their collaboration in helping solve this crime.”

Serial Cleveland rapist pleads guilty to raping two women, gets 20 years tacked onto already lengthy sentence
Cory Shaffer,, Jan 12, 2021
Investigators tied man already in prison to two attacks from the mid-2000's in Cleveland, OH through DNA evidence in previously untested rape kits as part of the Sexual Assault Kit Task Force. He was sentenced to another 20 years in prison.

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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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