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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.

As of 2020, 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

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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 to learn more.

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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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