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Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Task Force: Describing the Process of Testing, Investigating, and Prosecuting Unsubmitted SAKs
On October 31, 2009, the City of Cleveland Division of Police (hereafter referred to as the CPD) discovered the remains of eleven women in the home of serial killer Anthony Sowell. The proceeding investigation into the women’s murders revealed that the CPD failed to follow up on several missing person and sexual assault reports that could have possibly prevented the murder of several women by Sowell. As a result, the City of Cleveland began to review its policies and procedures for investigating missing person and sexual assault cases. This review and the resulting report was the precursor for the Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Task Force in Cuyahoga County (Beasley, Bounds, and O’Bryan 2010).
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Last Updated: 7/16/2020 2:48:11 PM
Keywords: Sexual Assault, Kit, Testing
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