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The goal of the DNA Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to ensure victim service and allied professionals have accurate and up-to-date information so that they are able to provide informed and sensitive guidance to victims whose cases involve DNA evidence. Learn More.
Stopping Rapists in Ohio By Testing Sexual Assault Kits (SAKs)
Since early 2013, Cleveland, Ohio, has sent more than 4,000 previously-untested sexual assault kits out for analysis and have experienced amazing results that positively impact public safety. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO) has issued indictments against 229 defendants as a result of CODIS hits and 155 serial offenders have been identified. Learn from CCPO prosecutor Rick Bell about the cases they have solved by testing these unsubmitted SAKs and the lessons they have learned along the way about the importance of testing rape kits.
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Read interviews with survivors, innovative programs, and dedicated individuals working to secure justice for victims through their use of forensic DNA.
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Read our report Sexual Assault Kit Backlogs: Survivor Perspectives from the Sexual Assault Kit Survivors' Roundtable held in Washington, DC. The Roundtable was part of the National Center’s project to ensure that backlog reduction efforts are informed by survivors and developed around their needs.
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Across the country, jurisdictions are moving to process previously untested sexual assault kits (SAKS), some of which had remained untested for decades. When such testing results in further investigation or the reopening of cases, victims may need counseling or other services to cope with the impact of the retesting.
October 23, 2013
The National Center, under a grant funded by the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, is pleased to announce three new resources on sexual assault and the statute of limitations:
View the new Sexual Assault Statute of Limitations Resources
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