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Cold Case Sexual Assault Investigations: Key Considerations & Recommendations

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As part of the training and technical assistance provided under the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA’s) Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), this document identifies and discusses key considerations and recommendations for cold case sexual assault investigations, including cases reopened due to the availability of DNA evidence obtained from previously untested sexual assault kits (SAKs).
The National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Training and Technical Assistance (SAKI TTA) team provides a range of training and technical assistance to SAKI sites regarding investigating and prosecuting cases, inventorying and tracking sexual assault kits (SAKs), and engaging victim advocates. This guide addresses frequently asked questions for creating a victim notification protocol. This document highlights key considerations and recommendations for cold case sexual assault investigations.
Date Created: August 20, 2020