In FY2017, City of Austin was awarded their initial SAKI grant for $2 million; the department has been using these funds to work through an inventory of more than 3,700 untested sexual assault kits. Additionally, the grant money has been used to support new staff members in the departmentincluding a SAKI victim services counselor, paralegal, and sexual assault investigators.
In FY2018, the City of Austin received their second SAKI award in the amount of $1 million to continue the work initiated under their FY2017 grant. This continued work includesbut is not limited tosupporting sexual assault victims; ensuring adequate investigative, prosecutorial, and victim services staffing; improving policies and practices related to sexual assault response reform; and increasing public awareness of sexual assault.
As of 2020, the City of Austin has implemented various victim-centered resources, including adding soft interview rooms at the Austin Police Department and launching their own SAKI website with information about how to contact city personnel.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2017||$2,000,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2018||$1,000,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
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WI DOJ Launches Program To Address Backlog Of Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits
Laurel White, Wisconsin Public Radio, Jan 30, 2017
A new initiative by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and a sexual assault prevention group aims to decrease the backlog of sexual assault evidence kits in the state. The initiative, called “By Your Side,” reaches out to survivors of sexual assault who have had kits collected and provides connections tosupport services. Read the full story or visit www.byyoursidewi.org to learn more.
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.