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NCJ Number: 252612 Find in a Library
Title: Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits: Navigating the Process From Inventory to Adjudication - A Guide for Holistic Cold Case Sexual Assault Reform
Corporate Author: RTI International
United States of America
Date Published: April 2018
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
RTI International
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Grant Number: 2015-AK-BX-K021
Sale Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material (Programmed); Reference Material; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guide instructs jurisdictions involved in the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA’s) National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), in reforming their procedures for processing backlogged sexual assault cases with sexual assault kits (SAKs) that have, for an extended period (“cold cases”). not been submitted for lab testing, so that they are effectively and efficiently managed from inventory to adjudication.
Abstract: The SAKI Training and Technical Assistance (SAKI TTA) Team, which provides expertise and guidance to SAKI jurisdictions across the country, supports a holistic approach to reforming the management of sexual assault cases. This approach involves 1) establishing effective, sustainable practices for collecting and processing sexual assault forensic evidence; 2) investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases; and 3) supporting survivors of sexual assault. This SAKI approach to processing sexual assault cases features management by multidisciplinary teams that will focus on the following tasks: inventorying and tracking SAKs; implementing victim-centered, trauma-informed practices while investigating and prosecuting these cases; and giving priority to serial- and cross-offending data in investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases. This guide provides an overview of these focus areas and a step-by-step approach in achieving reform in processing sexual assault cases using SAKI’s principles and philosophy.
Main Term(s): Forensic sciences
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; BJA Resources; Case processing; Investigative techniques; Rape evidence kits; Sex offense investigations; Sex offenses; Sexual assault trauma; Sexual assault victims
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