The Maryland Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) is an effort to submit all sexual assault evidence kits collected prior to May 2018 for forensic testing.
The Victim Notification Protocol is in its final stages of review and will be available to law enforcement agencies, victim advocates, and the general public in the near future. If you would like to receive email updates about the SAKI project and other publications, trainings, policies, and events, you can sign up for email updates by emailing [email protected].
Maryland’s previous policies on testing sexual assault evidence kits, commonly known as rape kits, were inadequate. All kits were not tested and survivors were often left uncertain of the outcome of their sexual assault evidence kit. The Maryland Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) is an effort to test all sexual assault evidence kits with potential forensic evidence that were collected prior to May 2018. The project also provides survivors with access to support services, resources, and access to justice when possible.
If you were assaulted prior to May 2018 and had a sexual assault evidence kit collected, your kit may now be evaluated and sent for forensic testing. If you would like to be involved in the process of testing your kit, you are entitled to do so. It is natural to feel overwhelmed and confused regarding your sexual assault evidence kit being tested after years of waiting for answers. Therefore, you have the right to control how, when, and why you are involved in this process. In the section below that discusses 'opting-in,' you can learn more about the Maryland SAKI Project and how you can become involved in the process of testing your kit.
MCASA SAKI advocates are available during the COVID-19 pandemic for questions and updates about survivors’ sexual assault evidence kits.
Survivors will be able to opt-in to SAKI Victim Notifications at any time by speaking with an MCASA SAKI Advocate. You will be able to outline how, when, and why you are contacted by a victim notification team regarding your untested or unsubmitted sexual assault evidence kit (SAEK). An advocate will guide you through the process and explain notification options, including phone, email, and in-person meetings.
Once your kit has been tested, the victim notification team will contact you based on your preferences. You may be contacted via phone with a request to schedule a meeting with a law enforcement officer to discuss the case, specifically SAEK testing results and investigative decisions. The notification team will continue to provide updates in accordance with your preferences, which you can change at any time. You will be given the contact information for the members of your notification team so that you can reach out with questions or concerns.
Available to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and provide you with access to local and statewide resources.