DNA and Sexual Assault Kits: A Great Forensic Tool

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 19, 2022

Nancy O,Malley
Nancy O’Malley
District Attorney

When sexual assault victims/survivors consent to a forensic sexual assault examination, they fully expect that the completed Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) will be submitted by law enforcement to a crime lab to be tested. Sadly, that is not always the case.

This session will discuss the problem of untested SAKs and the role of law enforcement in ensuring SAKs are submitted for testing. The session will discuss strategies for identifying where backlogs occur and strategies for ensuring that all SAKs are tested. The session will also discuss strategies for expediting testing of SAKs, particularly through non-government crime labs and expediting the submission of foreign DNA into State and National databases. Lastly, the session will discuss strategies for contacting and engaging survivors of cold cases.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Assess the number of Sexual Assault Kits (SAK) held in law enforcement custody and the status of testing of the SAK.
  • Develop a strategy for testing all SAKs in your jurisdiction.
  • Create a strategy to contact and engage survivors of cold cases.

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