The first step in the WiSAKI project was to complete a detailed, statewide inventory of previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) in the possession of law enforcement agencies and hospitals statewide. This was an essential starting point for the project to ensure there was a full accounting of the SAKs to track throughout the process, from testing through prosecution. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), one of the grantors, requried the inventory to be complete before testing of the SAKs could begin. WiSAKI’s unique, victim-centered approach involved an individual assessment of each of the 6,000+ SAKs held by law enforcement agencies and hospitals in Wisconsin. Due to the complexity of this inventory process and a commitment to accuracy, Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) personnel and local law enforcement agencies divided the state into regions and worked with agencies to document each individual SAK. Law enforcement agencies statewide willingly collaborated with DOJ in this effort. For more information on this process see the Inventory Collection Methodology.
Data Notes: All active law enforcement agencies in the state completed an inventory. Counties (and agencies within) that did not possess any previously unsubmitted SAKs are not displayed.
The information contained in the dashboard was provided directly by local law enforcement agencies.
*Until all of the SAKs have been received and verified by the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory (WSCL), these numbers are still subject to change (lasted updated 4/11/2019).
Total SAKI Kits
Total number of sexual assault kits inventoried through the Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (WiSAKI) project. Prior to the project, the kits were being held by law enforcement agencies or hospitals and had not been previously submitted to the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory (WSCL) for DNA testing. For more detail on the inventory process, click here.
SAKs designated for testing: These are SAKs that meet the WiSAKI project’s testing criteria, including all of the SAKs that have been identified by law enforcement agencies and hospitals after the initial inventory was completed and kits initially designated for testing had been sent out to the external labs on or after June 1, 2018.
*SAKs with convictions designated for testing: A sample of SAKs from cases in which there were already convictions related to those incidents. This sample consists of two groups:
(1) SAKs where at least one of the convicted offenders for that incident does not have a have a DNA profile in CODIS and
(2) a random sample of SAKs, as noted in the original inventory methodology, where the convicted offender(s) for that incident have DNA profiles in CODIS.
The SAKs in the sample have now been submitted to the WSCL. They will be tested for DNA by one of the external partner labs. As these SAKs are now designated for testing, they will be included with the other SAKs that were designated to be tested in all reporting for the project.
Not designated for testing: There are certain circumstances in which the SAKs are not currently designated for testing. To learn more about those reasons and the breakdown click here. A small percentage of SAKs were tested but results were not included because the SAKs do not meet the WiSAKI project testing criteria.
Click here to see a project overview through the numbers from the inventory through testing and CODIS hits