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The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative: National Training and Technical Assistance

Award Information

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Competitive Discretionary
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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $6,128,731)

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) seeks 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 (SAKs). The SAKI Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program will provide direct assistance to jurisdictions that receive funding through the SAKI program and will provide targeted TTA in support of their initiatives as well as other jurisdictions engaged in reform efforts as resources allow. This program is funded under the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2015 (Public Law No. 113-235, 128 Stat. 2130, 2182, 2193).

The recipient will deliver, nationwide, a wide range of TTA services to SAKI grantees including training and educational sessions developed and conducted by relevant subject-matter experts (SMEs); onsite or remote guidance on SAK-related issues including inventory, testing, and tracking of SAKs; creation and reporting of performance metrics; gaining access to necessary training to increase effectiveness in addressing the complex issues associated with these cases; and engaging in multidisciplinary coordination, investigation, prosecution, and victim advocacy, engagement, and support in connection with evidence and cases resulting from the testing process.

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) will use this 2015 Sexual Assault Kit Initiative: National Training and Technical Assistance award to establish national victim-centered, empirically supported, and sustainable practices that result in improved SAK processing and an overall improved response to sexual assault. RTI’s International Specialized Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Team, comprised of RTI, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the SANE-SART Resource Service, AEquitas, Dr. Rebecca Campbell of Michigan State University, RAINN, and the Joyful Heart Foundation, has derived a strategic plan to help jurisdictions develop and implement improved policies and guided best practices designed for sustainability and enhanced response to sexual assault. Through RTI’s SAKI TTA award, the TTA Team will assist with needs identification and formation of a development plan, provide site-specific TTA and assessments, regional and web-based training, identify additional funding resources for SAK reduction; assign TTA site liaisons for proactive engagement with Site, provide onsite and web-based TTA with SMEs for emergent issues, develop uniform TTA requests and response procedures with follow-up; report quality improvement and performance metric process, ensure Site accountability and transparency of performance measures report on effectiveness of TTA, through regular status calls; employ a comprehensive team with capacity across all key areas to disseminate plausible solutions; and provide onsite and web-based TTA fundamental to implementing the SART concept and victim-centered policy, design of website with model protocols, policies, resources, publications, training modules and MOU templates; continuous plan development with achievable short and long-term goals designed for sustainability, develop resource kit and produce publications.


Date Created: September 10, 2015