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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeWayne County (Michigan)

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The Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney's Office (WCPAO) will use its SAKI grant awards to address 11,304 previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) dated 1984 to 2009. Under these grants, a group of multidisciplinary stakeholders will seek justice for victims by properly investigating and prosecuting the unprecedented volume of cases that has resulted from SAK testing.

In FY2015, the WCPAO received a SAKI grant for $1,999,109. These funds were used to hire and train sexual assault investigators, prosecutors, and community-based victim advocates. Funding was also used to purchase a case management system to bolster efficacy, automate data reporting, increase transparency, and provide training.

In FY2017, the WCPAO was awarded an additional $1.5 million through SAKI. This funding has supported investigations and prosecutions that are the result of testing previously unsubmitted SAKs from Wayne County law enforcement agencies within Wayne County outside of Detroit. Funding was also used to create senior detective/mentor positions, continue funding for five detective positions, and develop a system for victims to obtain information about their previously unsubmitted SAKs and resulting investigations.

In FY2018, the WCPAO received another $1.5-million SAKI award. This funding is being used to continue supporting grant-funded personnel and to assist with entering cases into the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension System.

In FY2019, the WCPAO was awarded an additional $1 million through SAKI. This funding will continue supporting investigations and prosecutions that are the result of testing previously unsubmitted SAKs. Funding will also be used to (1) continue to support multiple positions (e.g., detectives, victim advocates, and prosecutors) and (2) implement a system for victims to obtain information about their previously unsubmitted SAKs and resulting investigations.

In FY2020, WCPAO received an additional $999,755 in SAKI funding to continue work from previous SAKI awards, including the investigation and prosecution of over 6,500 cases in which the SAK did not reveal any male DNA. The funding will also be used to continue the work of the Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force (WCSAKTF) committee that will establish a new protocol for victim notification on these cases with no male DNA.

Initially funded in FY2015, the WCPAO has used SAKI funding to achieve several goals and milestones, including the following:

  • WCSAKTF hosted the 2016 Detroit Sexual Assault Kit Summit, involving over 300 attendees from more than 75 cities and 21 states, as well as from the District of Columbia.
  • WCPAO reached their 100th conviction in July 2017. As of August 2020, WCSAKTF has 220 convictions.
  • Investigation and prosecution of a serial sexual offender resulted in the exoneration of a defendant who had previously pled guilty to the crime. WCSAKTF has continuously worked with the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office to ensure the integrity of prior convictions.
  • WCPAO has identified 825 suspected serial sexual offenders as of August 2020.

For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.

Wayne County Funding

Year Amount Purpose Area
FY2015 $1,999,109 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
FY2017 $1,500,000 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
FY2018 $1,500,000 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
FY2019 $1,000,000 Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults
FY2020 $999,755 Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults

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To learn more about WCPAO's progress, read the following news and events.

News and Events

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy hosts Detroit Sexual Assault Summit (interview)
Holly Fournier and Candice Williams The Detroit News, Sep 26, 2016
The first Detroit Sexual Assault Kit Summit, hosted by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, drew hundreds of attendees from across the nation and dozens of attendees from Michigan cities to discuss how best to handle sexual assault cases. Michigan has tested the vast majority of its untested sexual assault kits, but about 700 remain. Currently, Detroit has over 60 convictions and identified 770 serial rapists, as well as thousands of additional suspects. Furthermore, the DNA testing of the serial rapists ties them to a variety of crimes in 39 other states. To learn more about how Detroit went from a city with the worst backlog of rape kits to the front line of the charge against sexual assault, read the full interview with Prosecutor Worthy.

Detroit Rape Kit Project
Wayne County, Sep 1, 2016

Lengthy Prison Sentence For Man In Case Tied To Abandoned Rape Kits
CBS Detroit, May 16, 2016
The Wayne County has prosecuted dozens of convictions from testing backlogged sexual assault kits. In May, one of those offenders was sentenced to 75 years in prison for a case prosecuted by the Michigan Attorney General's Office.

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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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