In FY2016, SAKI awarded the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ) a $2-million grant, which was used to inventory, track, and test sexual assault kits (SAKs). The department also used the grant to fund research into determining why SAKs were not tested, establish policies and procedures to prevent a future backlog, and designate a law enforcement training coordinator.
In FY2017, SAKI awarded the Montana DOJ more than $900,000 in additional funding that will extend through 2020. The additional funding will go toward hiring a training coordinator, victim advocate, and cold case investigator to support the Montana DOJ's SAKI efforts.
In FY2020, the Montana DOJ was awarded an additional $992,072 in SAKI funding to optimize evidence-based, victim-centered protocols; identify sexual assault response gaps; and implement sustainable policies for sexual assault cases. Grant funds also will be utilized to create and maintain a sexual assault response team to include the SAKI site coordinator, a research analyst, and two training coordinators.
Learn more about Montana's efforts at the Montana SAKI Project.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2016||$1,999,040||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2017||$917,740||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2020||$992,072||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
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To learn more about their progress, read below for other news and events out of Montana Department of Justice.
First batch of untested rape kits from around the state could be tested mid-2017
Holly Michels, Billings Gazette, Nov 20, 2016
Montana expects to submit a batch of 1,400 untested sexual assault kit for testing as early as spring 2017. A unique challenge in Montana, as well as other states with American Indian tribal reservations, is involving the tribes in the SAK testing and submission process. To learn more about Montana’s efforts, read the full article.
Justice for survivors of sexual assault in Montana
Tim Fox, Independent Record, Oct 11, 2016
Montana has received nearly $3 million in federal funding to inventory and submit backlogged for processing. Currently, there are approximately 1,400 SAKS stored in Montana law enforcement evidence lockers dating back to 1995. The grant will allow law enforcement to test all SAKs and develop a tracking system so victims and agencies can follow the inventorying, testing, and investigation process. To learn more about the work being done to combat sexual assault in Montana, read the full article.
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.