SAKI grant funds have helped Dallas County achieve their goals of testing approximately 4,000 sexual assault kits (SAKs); taking a victim-centered approach toward victim notification that includes immediate advocacy support from the police department, district attorney's office, and local crisis centers; investigating and prosecuting to the fullest extent any viable cases that are the result of SAK testing; and using lessons learned from their SAKI project to educate and provide support to other Dallas County agencies.
Funded in 2015, Dallas County has used SAKI funding to achieve several goals and milestones:
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2015||$1,599,170||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2016 - supplemental award||$1,000,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2018||$1,830,000||Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults|
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To learn more about Dallas County's progress, read the following news and events.
Rape survivor, exoneree credit testing of old DNA samples with solving cases
Naheed Rajwani, Dallas News, Dec 15, 2016
Victims of rape and unlawful imprisonment gathered together in support of a bill that would renew the federal program that gives law enforcement agencies funding to test backlogged sexual assault kits. This bill would allow Dallas, Texas police to test SAKs that were collected from 1996 to 2011. Officials noted the importance in testing SAKs, especially to catch serial perpetrators. To learn more, read the full article.
Dallas police crack mystery of woman who was raped, strangled 24 years ago
Tasha Tsiaperas, Dallas News, Nov 29, 2016
For 24 years, Dallas, Texas police had no answers as to who was responsible for the rape and murder of Shirley Baker Muhammad. Now, newly tested DNA evidence points to a 52-year-old man in prison for another victim’s rape. This is the first success from Dallas’ newly formed cold case unit within the Dallas Police Department. The cold case unit comprises a former homicide detective, two former robbery detectives, and a former crime scene analyst. The unit has been cataloging cases, many of which fall between 1995 and 2005, when crime scene analysts started keeping DNA evidence. More DNA hits are forthcoming. To learn more, read the full article.
Dallas County awarded $1,000,000 federal grant for sexual assault kit testing
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Oct 6, 2016
Dallas County, Texas has been awarded $1 million in grant funding to support a community-based approach to inventory and test backlogged, unsubmitted sexual assault kits. The funding also allows agencies to hire and assign personnel to investigate cold cases based on the results of testing the kits.
Dallas County DA's office gets $1.5 million grant to handle rape kit backlog
Dallas Morning News, Sep 1, 2015
Grant funds expansion of Dallas DA Sexual Assault Unit
WFFA, Jun 24, 2015
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.