Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)

SAKIAn inventory of Salt Lake County law enforcement’s evidence rooms identified 1,751 unsubmitted sexual assault kits in 2016. It is estimated there are approximately 2,700 unsubmitted sexual assault kits in Utah. Utah is not alone. It is estimated there are hundreds of thousands of unsubmitted sexual assault kits across the United States.

With advances in DNA technology, increases in state and federal funding for rape and sexual assault, new research surfacing about the neurobiology of trauma, and growing media attention surrounding rape and sexual assault, many of the once considered “unsubmitted” sexual assault kits are now making their way to forensic laboratories across the nation.

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In 2014 the Utah State Legislature prioritized rape kit testing by appropriating $750,000 to test unsubmitted sexual assault kits in Utah. Additionally, the Utah Crime Lab received funding from the District Attorney’s Office of New York (DANY) grant to test the remaining unsubmitted sexual assault kits in Utah.

While kits were being tested and results returned, law enforcement agencies nationwide began to stretch limited investigative resources to re-open cold case rape investigations and navigate limited best practice recommendations to best serve victims. To improve investigative and prosecutorial efforts, the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice joined the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), receiving $1,999,680 for Salt Lake County.

SAKI is a federal initiative, which provides financial support to communities committed to testing their unsubmitted sexual assault kits, enhancing systematic collaboration to improve victim-centered investigation and prosecution efforts to hold offenders accountable, and creating long-term systematic improvements to prevent the future accumulation of sexual assault kits.

CCJJ is committed to SAKI's mission and will strive to improve Salt Lake County's response to rape and sexual assault victims.

Please Join Us

  • Salt Lake County Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kit Meeting
  • Third Wednesday of Every Month | 1 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Unified State Lab | 4431 S. 2700 W., Taylorsville, UT 84119
  • (Main Conference Room)

Meeting Minutes

SAKI & DANY Contacts

SAKI
Krystal Hazlett
SAKI Site Coordinator
CCJJ
801-538-1088
khazlett@utah.gov

DANY
Jay Henry
Crime Lab Director
Department of Public Safety
801-965-4093
jhenry@utah.gov

Public Safety
Lauren De Vries
SAKI Victim Advocate
Department of Public Safety
801-893-1145
ldevries@utah.gov

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-AK-BX-K003 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Location

Our agency hours are 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

State Capitol Complex
Senate Building Suite 330
PO Box 142330
SLC UT 84114-2330
Office: 801-538-1031
Fax: 801-538-1024