Connecticut provides a system to track your Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) while it goes through testing. During your time at the hospital, you should have received a piece of paper containing your tracking number and step-by-step instructions on how to create your login.
All you need is your barcode (SAK identification number) and the link below.
Go to SAK Trackpad where you will be redirected to the tracking website. From there follow the steps below:
If you previously created a username and password, click the login tab, located in the upper right-hand corner. From there, follow steps 3 and 4 to track your SAK.
Once you have an account, use your new username and password to log in.
You can save the link for future use, or the link can be accessed through The Alliance website.
Once you are registered with the tracking software you can see which police department picked up your kit, when it was submitted to the state forensic lab for testing, whether testing from the kit is entered into the state’s DNA database and if the DNA was matched to other cases.
No information on the offender will be available. The officer you reported to will be able to answer any questions.
Under state law, you have the ability to track your sexual assault kit (SAK) from the time it leaves the hospital to when it is analyzed by the crime lab. The paper you received from the hospital has a barcode unique to your kit and can be used to log into the tracking software, giving you the ability to track your SAK privately. If you cannot find your answer below, in our FAQ section, or would like additional information, please contact the SAKI Victim Notification Coordinator.
Sexual assault crisis advocates are available 24/7 to support you at any events related to your case, such as a SAK exam, police interviews, and at court. Call the Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline to speak to and request an advocate. Call the statewide 1-888-999-5545 (English) or 1-888-568-8332 (Español) or contact your local Sexual Assault Crisis Center.
Connecticut state law requires that a sexual assault crisis advocate be notified before a SAK is started.
If your kit was done before the tracking software was available, contact the SAKI Victim Notification Coordinator for more information. Please put “Where is my SAK?” as the subject line.
The detective working with you should be able to give you your tracking number.
Yes! The only people who have access to the information are hospital staff, police, and you. In order to track your kit, you will need to provide a username and password every time you log in. In addition, all tracking data that is stored through the UPS software is confidential from all parties, other than those listed above.
If you are additionally concerned about the confidentiality of your kit, we recommend that you do not save your username and password and delete history on your computer. In addition, we recommend that you only track your kit on personal computers.
The tracking software should tell you:
If you need further assistance understanding this information, please contact the SAKI Notification Coordinator. Please put “Where is my SAK?” as the subject line.
Anonymous Sexual Assault Kits (SAK)s are stored for at least 5 years at the state’s forensic lab. After 5 years they are returned to the police departments untested. To begin the process, you will need to contact the police department from the location where the assault took place and file a police report. Alert them to the fact that you have an anonymous SAK and provide the date and hospital where it was completed (if possible).
As the cases are tested, they are analyzed to determine if the case is able to move forward. If a case is eligible, an advocate will notify you with that information.
On October 1, 2019, the Connecticut criminal statute of limitations, or the time allowed to report, for most sexual assault crimes was changed to 20 years for adults and only affects cases that occurred after October 1, 2014. Additionally, as of October 1, 2019, the criminal statute of limitations was eliminated for sexual offenses wherein the victim is under the age of 18, and the statute was extended to 30 years from the victim’s 21st birthday in cases where the victim was aged 19-21 during the time of the assault.
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Testing on the 1,188 kits was completed towards the end of 2018. Regional meetings took place in order to train police officers, victim advocates, and states attorneys on the new Victim Notification Guidelines and Sexual Assault Kit Reform. The Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection provide ongoing training to police departments and advocates with updated information, as well as test all partially-tested kits and enter them into the National DNA Database (CODIS). Any new case information that results from CODIS hits is reviewed to determine if the case may be able to move forward. If it can move forward, the SAKI Victim Notification Coordinator will notify the victim.
In October 2019 Connecticut The Joyful Heart Foundation congratulated Connecticut on the success of our work to end the Sexual Assault Kit backlog by implementing full reform. Connecticut was one of the first states to accomplish this goal. See Governor Lamont’s statement here.
Progressive kit reform changes were driven by The Alliance, in collaboration with the SAKIWG, and were adopted by the General Assembly in 2015 and 2018.
Public Act 15-207 requires police departments to transfer all sexual assault evidence collection kits to the State Crime Lab within 10 days of the completion of the test and requires the Lab to test all kits, unless indicated anonymous, within 50 days.
Public Act 18-83 requires that 1) all sexual assault evidence collection kits be given a barcode to be used for tracking kits with UPS software, 2) all individuals choosing to have a kit performed be given the ability to obtain information regarding the analysis of their kit, 3) that hospital staff is trained on utilizing tracking software, and 4) that hospitals call certified sexual assault advocates upon a victim going to the hospital to have a kit performed.
SAKI Training and Technical Assistance
The Joyful Heart Foundation’s “End The Backlog” Campaign
In 2015 the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, launched the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Project to address the growing numbers of sexual assault evidence collection kits that were not being tested throughout the U.S. Currently, the Bureau is funding this project in 38 states, with a total of 64 project sites. Through this grant program, Connecticut identified 1,188 collection kits that had not been tested for evidence that could aid in the successful arrest and prosecution of an assailant.
In compliance with the grant, Governor Dannell Malloy created the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Working Group, housed under the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. This multidisciplinary group is tasked with creating guidelines surrounding victim notifications for previously untested kits, supporting the investigations and prosecutions of previously untested kits, and ensuring that a backlog never happens again in the state of Connecticut. The Victim Notification Guidelines, created by this group, are now used collaboratively by state attorneys, victim advocates, and law enforcement to ensure a trauma-informed approach to notification.