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Annual Statewide Inventory of Untested Sexual Assault Kits
The first statewide inventory results were reported in November 2017. With Alaska Statute 44.41.070, the inventory of untested kits is now conducted annually. All law enforcement agencies that handle sexual assault kits are required to participate.
Alaska Statute 44.41.070 reads:
By September 1 of each year, each law enforcement agency and state department charged with the maintenance, storage, and preservation of sexual assault examination kits shall conduct an inventory of untested sexual assault examination kits and report, in writing, to the Department of Public Safety the number of untested sexual assault examination kits in the possession of the agency or department, the number of sexual assault examination kits that the law enforcement agency or state department has determined are ineligible for testing under (e) of this section, with the reason or reasons the untested sexual assault examination kits were determined to be ineligible for testing, and the date on which each untested sexual assault examination kit was collected.
Because law enforcement agencies are required to submit kits to the Crime Lab within 30 days (Alaska Statute 44.41.065), much of this inventory takes place at the Crime Lab. As such, the inventory includes both unsubmitted and submitted kits that have not been tested.
Click the sections below for inventory results.
2022 Inventory Results
75 Untested* SAKs
For the 2022 inventory, all 75 untested victim sexual assault examination kits were located at the Crime Lab.
All 44 law enforcement agencies that maintain case jurisdiction on sexual assault cases in Alaska complied with the inventory requirment this year.
Since the inaugural 2017 inventory, there has been a 98% reduction in the number of untested SAKs and an 87% reduction from 2021.
* The total number of untested victim SAKs does not include those identified in AS 44.41.070 as ineligible for testing such as those that are scientifically unviable, SAKs that do not meet CODIS eligibility requirements, or SAKs belonging to anonymous victims/survivors. Should survivors in anonymous cases wish to convert their case to a reported case, their SAK could be eligible for testing.