Montana SAKI Project

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) is enhancing the criminal justice system’s response to sexual assault and ensuring justice for victims.

What is the Montana SAKI Project?

Attorney General Tim Fox has formed a Sexual Assault Evidence Task Force to examine the issue of unsubmitted evidence kits in Montana and develop a plan to address the issue.

In the course of its investigation into an allegation of sexual assault, a law enforcement agency can request that a victim be examined for physical evidence of the assault. When the investigating agency or prosecutor has determined that the evidence should be submitted to the state crime laboratory for processing, that evidence is processed by the laboratory free of charge. Watch this informative video from the U.S. Department of Justice to learn more about sexual assault kits:

Task force members:

Mary Barry, Former Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney
Jon Bennion, Deputy Montana Attorney General
David Bowen, Great Falls Chief of Police
• Christy Clark, Montana House of Representatives (R-Choteau)
• Kim Dudik, Montana House of Representatives (D-Missoula)
Mike Linder, Yellowstone County Sheriff
Debbie Mulcahy, registered nurse and certified sexual assault nurse examiner at Kalispell Regional Medical Center
Alanna Sherstad, director of the VOICE Center at Montana State University
Robin Turner, Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Documents:

11/7/15 news release announcing the task force
Attorney General’s 12/9/15 letter to county sheriffs and city police chiefs
12/17/15 news release finalizing task force membership

Agenda for 2/16/16 task force meeting
Agenda for 3/25/16 task force meeting
Agenda for 7/22/16 task force meeting

•Agenda for 11/18/16 task force meeting

•Agenda for 6/28 – 29/17 task force meeting

•Agenda for 10/2/17 task force meeting

•Agenda for 3/20/18 task force meeting

2016 SAKI Project Narrative
2016 SAKI Project Abstract

Task force meetings:

2/16/16 (mtg starts at 10:40 in video):

3/25/16 (mtg starts at 13:55 in video):

Program Resources

Contact Us

SAKI Hotline: 888-548-5463

Please use the form below to contact an advocate with SAKI Montana, and we will contact you as soon as possible. Please let us know the best way to reach you, and if it is okay to send an email or leave a voice message with the provided contact information. If you would like to opt-in or opt-out of case information, use the contact information provided to let the SAKI Advocate know.
  • Although your information is kept confidential within the criminal justice system, please do not submit sensitive information that should be legally protected through this contact form. This information is sent directly to the SAKI Advocate, who works as a part of a team who will work to keep you safe. Please provide contact information, and the advocate will send you separate, encrypted communication through the SAKI Email.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-AK-BX-K015 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Nation-al 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.

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