In 2016, the Montana Department of Justice was chosen as one of twenty recipients in the country of the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Grant and received $2,000,000 from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. This money will be used to test previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits, strengthen victim services, prevent revictimization, and develop recommendations to help prevent future build up of kits.
This project examines the issue of previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits in Montana. The Montana DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation has surveyed the state’s law enforcement community to determine how many of these kits exist in Montana. SAKI is testing the kits and tracking them through the system. It is important to all involved in the project that survivors of sexual assault receive appropriate services.