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Research in SAKI—The Cuyahoga County Experience: Archival
Archival: SAKI TTA hosted a webinar titled, Research in the SAKI—the Cuyahoga County Experience, on Thursday, November 10th, 2016 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST. Presenters included Dr. Rachel Lovell and Brett Kyker. 
Research in SAKI—The Cuyahoga County Experience: Archival

Since 2013, the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force has been investigating and prosecuting cases from approximately 5,000 previously unsubmitted SAKs from 1993 to 2009. In the Fall of 2014, the Task Force approached researchers from Case Western Reserve University’s Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education to learn more about their unsubmitted SAKs. The research team was given access to the Task Force’s case files.  For this pilot study, researchers coded a random sample of 243 sexual assaults case files with completed investigations that either resulted in prosecution or were not pursued due to insufficient evidence.  This webinar detailed key findings from this research and discussed how these findings are being used to inform and reform how sexual assaults are investigated and prosecuted.  The webinar was organized around recommended short-term, intermediate, and long-term goals for research in the SAKI so that regardless of the stage in the process, each SAKI site can begin to use research to inform their practice. 


Multiple Presenters
Rachel Lovell, PhD is a Senior Research Associate at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education. Her current research involves examining issues pertaining to the unsubmitted sexual assault kits in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Brett Kyker is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. He is currently the Project Manager of the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-AK-BX-K021 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 National 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.