Unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) create delays in the justice system and, in some instances, deny justice to sexual assault survivors. SAKI is a national program dedicated to creating a coordinated community response to sexual assault and violent crime through a comprehensive and victim-centered approach that builds jurisdictional capacity to support the effective submission and testing of sexual assault kits while implementing sustainable strategies for the effective investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases and violent crime. Through the SAKI project, victims are supported through the healing process with advocacy services while jurisdictions implement best practices for violent crimes response reform improving public safety by bringing just resolution to these cases whenever possible.
Implementing Training on Collection and Processing of Forensic Evidence for Sexual Assault Cases
In 2015, the Bureau of Justice Assistance selected RTI to provide training and technical assistance for its SAKI program.
The SAKI Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) program supports coordinated teams of law enforcement, prosecutors, crime laboratory professionals, sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs), forensic medical personnel, and victim and family advocates. SAKI TTA provides evidence-based, victim-centered, and sustainable practices; these practices help with collecting and processing forensic evidence, investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases, and supporting sexual assault survivors. SAKI TTA offers the support that jurisdictions need to navigate the unique challenges associated with an improved response to sexual assault and violent crime.