“I’m not his victim anymore. I’m a survivor of what he did.”
Victim from a 2007 SAKI Case
“I choose not to let you have any more power over my life and my future. You took advantage
of my trust and you should feel ashamed and sorry for what you did to me.”
Victim from a 1996 SAKI Case
The number of unsubmitted sexual assault evidence collection kits (Kits) is a nationwide problem that has affected numerous communities across the United States. In 2015, the Portland Police Bureau completed an extensive audit of our property room to identify all Kits in our possession. The final count was 1,754 Kits.
With a federal grant helping with the costs of testing and investigation, the Bureau sent all of the Kits to a private lab for testing and partnered with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and other community partners to review every report attached to the Kits.
All of the Bureau’s Kits were tested by the end of 2018. Victim notification started when the lab results became available and continues today.
Do You Have a Kit with PPB?
The Portland Police Bureau asks anyone who was a victim of a sex crime within the past 29 years and had a Kit done, to email us, or contact the Bureau’s dedicated phone line to check on the status of their Kit. The Bureau has a dedicated Victim Services Specialist to answer all calls and questions about the testing process and what next steps are possible.
Call today: 503-823-0125
The Victim Services Specialist can also help with any additional supportive resources a person may need, because, for many crime victims, learning that their Kits are now being tested may bring to the surface strong feelings and emotions. Despite the passage of time, a crime victim might feel shock, confusion, anger, fear, anxiety, relief, and/or happiness. Crime victims already notified about their Kits have reported feeling burdened by the knowledge, while others feel grateful to finally know what has happened and what can happen now.
We named our work on the Initiative the Rose Project because not only is Portland the City of Roses, community members who email us have a bit more privacy, as the email could be for a gardening project, or event: RoseProject@portlandoregon.gov
And because of the very personal and confidential nature of these crimes, we are unable to provide information to anyone except the victim listed on the police report.
Please take a minute to watch the video on the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative:
News Releases on the Project:
November 2018: “DA: Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison after Pleading Guilty in Rape Backlog Case”
October 2018: 10/31/18: “Portland Man Arrested in Connection to 22-Year-Old Rape Case Found Guilty On All Charges” https://www.kptv.com/news/portland-man-arrested-in-connection-to--year-old-rape/article_f93d53f2-dd74-11e8-a48c-475e543f790b.html
August 2018: “Convicted Rapist Sentenced to More Than 8 Years in Prison.” https://katu.com/news/local/convicted-rapist-sentenced-to-more-than-8-years-in-prison
July 2018: “Portland Man Connected to 2011 Rape By Sex Assault Kit Sentenced to 33 Years in Prison” https://katu.com/news/local/curtis-clint-williams-convicted-of-2011-rape-through-sex-assault-kit-sentenced-to-years-in-prison
February 2018: “Defendant, Jose Rosales, Pled No Contest to Both Charges of Sex Abuse in the Second Degree” http://www.koin.com/news/local/multnomah-county/prosecutors-close-first-sex-assault-kit-initiative-case/970590929
April 2016: “Portland Police Ship 2,800 Untested Rape Kits to Utah for DNA Testing” https://katu.com/news/local/local-law-enforcement-agencies-ship-2800-rape-kits-to-utah-for-testing