Progress on Understanding and Investigating Sexual Assault
"While NIJ is proud of the progress we have made, we know there is still a great deal more to be done to improve sexual assault investigations, provide trauma-informed support to victims, and strengthen the efficiency of sexual assault kit testing."
– Nancy Rodriguez
Victims of sexual assault deserve to receive the services they need, and to have their cases investigated and adjudicated in ways that minimize further trauma and victimization.
NIJ has been heavily invested in the scientific evaluation of sexual assault systemic responses, including developing improved methods for evidence collection and processing, taking victim-centered approaches, and reporting on the value of properly trained medical personnel, among other efforts.
Read a new Director’s Corner from Director Nancy Rodriguez.