Check My Kit

Omaha’s Untested Sexual Assault Kit Project

In 2018, federal funding was granted to Omaha to test any untested sexual assault kit in the city. Together, the Women’s Center for Advancement, Omaha Police Department, Douglas County Attorney’s Office, the City of Omaha and the Women’s Fund of Omaha have put together a plan to identify, test and prosecute sexual predators and continue to offer services to the survivors of these crimes.

If you would like to talk to a member of the Omaha SAKI team regarding the status of your kit occurring prior to 2020, please contact Omaha SAKI at:

402-444-5636 option 5


If you would like to speak with an advocate or are looking for supportive resources, please contact the Women’s Center for Advancement at:



If you are seeking immediate resources from an advocate, call the Women’s Center for Advancement 24/7 Crisis Hotline at:


More Information About Sexual Assault Kits

When a victim reports a sexual assault and provides sexual assault forensic evidence at the hospital, it has not always been tested for DNA evidence. A number of sexual assault kits/evidence were not tested after the initial report. It was initially believed to not be necessary. However, nationally and locally, best practices around the testing of kits have changed. All evidence/kits are now being tested. As testing evidence is a process, it will take time — up to several years — before all evidence/kits are tested. Below are some common questions to help understand the process and important information.

Terms to Know:

Women’s Center for Advancement

The WCA is a member of the Omaha SAKI Initiative. The organization assists anyone in the Omaha area who is experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking. Their support advocates address individuals’ safety needs and offer continual support and resources.


Advocates are resources for victims of domestic violence/sexual assault from area hospitals and law enforcement. If you are in a crisis, please call our 24/7 hotline at 402-345-7273.


CODIS stands for Combined DNA Index System. It is a state and national database that houses DNA on individuals related to crimes.

Sexual Assault Kit/SAK 

This is evidence collected by a medical provider after a sexual assault.  It typically includes evidence from the areas of the victim’s body that were part of the sexual assault and that may have the suspect’s sperm or DNA on it.  It may also include clothing the victim was wearing and other items.

Commonly Asked Questions About Sexual Assault Kit Testing

Why were the kits not tested before?

There may be many reasons why a sexual assault kit was not tested previously, such as DNA not being needed for the investigation.

What has changed? Why was it tested now?

New national best practices for testing this evidence have been created. The Omaha Police Department and Douglas County are working to implement these new best practices. This means that all kits will be tested. 

One of the reasons it is important to test all kits is that it may be possible for suspect DNA to be entered into state or national DNA databases (CODIS). This can potentially provide leads on additional cases or help identify suspects who have committed multiple sexual assaults.

Why is having the information in CODIS important? 

Forensic scientists at the Nebraska State Crime Lab will work to obtain a DNA profile of the assailant(s) from the samples collected in the SAK. If a DNA profile is obtained, the laboratory can submit that profile for searching against state and national DNA databases using CODIS. This may be helpful in a number of ways, including:

Identifying a suspect (if previously unknown);

Linking DNA profiles between crimes to find serial rapists; and

Eliminating suspects who did not commit the sexual assault.

In addition, if this person commits another sexual assault, law enforcement may be able to identify the person by their DNA in the system.

What happens once the sexual assault kit has been tested? 

Victims will be contacted if the evidence reveals new information for the investigation. An advocate from the Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA) will be assigned to provide support and information. ThevWCA will discuss possible next steps for speaking with law enforcement.

If desired, a law enforcement investigator will contact and schedule a follow-up meeting to discuss the results of the test and investigation options.  The Omaha Police Department has specific investigators for sexual assault cases who are specially trained to handle these cases and work with victims.  They will be hiring additional specialized investigators for this project. 

Will it turn into a law enforcement investigation?

Much of that will depend on the victim. They should discuss their wishes about if or how their case proceeds with the investigator as well as any concerns they have.  

Law enforcement will honor requests from the victim to not move forward with investigating their case. If they change their mind later, they can contact the Women’s Center for Advancement advocate they spoke with or the law enforcement agency directly.

What if you had a sexual assault kit/evidence collected and don’t want to wait to be contacted?

If you would like to know the status of a sexual assault kit/evidence you had collected, OR if you would like to discuss the possibility of opting out of having your kit/evidence tested, please contact:

Omaha SAKI

If I call law enforcement, can I still decide after the evidence is tested not to participate in the investigation?

Yes. Law enforcement will honor your request for the investigation to not move forward. If you change your mind at a later time, you can call the investigator back to discuss moving forward.

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