San Diego County Sheriff William Gore and San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan have announced a new mechanism for victims to request information about the testing status of sexual assault evidence kits associated with their assault. In early 2018, the Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney's Office proactively contracted to have approximately 1,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits tested in order to identify offenders who may potentially be linked to other sexual assaults.

Approximately 400 of those cases are Sheriff's investigations and the other roughly 600 kits are from other law enforcement agencies in the region; excluding the San Diego Police Department. The Sheriff's Department has been sending 100 kits per month to the contracted lab and it’s anticipated that results from those kits will be available soon.

"It is our priority to hold offenders accountable in all criminal cases. Each of these kits represents a survivor and it is our goal to match them with information about their cases. This program is the next step in that process and a way to further the identification of offenders in other sexual assault investigations."

-- Sheriff Bill Gore

“About 80 percent of rapes are committed by people who are in the victim’s circle and it’s likely the perpetrator will continue to commit sexual assaults. That’s one reason I’ve prioritized the testing of rape kits and worked so hard to identify funding and get the process moving as quickly as possible. The kits may contain powerful evidence that can speak on behalf of victims and prevent a future assault.”

-- District Attorney Summer Stephan

If you were the victim of a sexual assault and you are interested in knowing the status of the DNA test related to your kit, the Sheriff's Department can connect you with an investigator.

When you call the number or send an e-mail, please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Your name at the time of the assault
  • Your contact information (phone number or e-mail address)
  • Jurisdiction (city) where the crime took place
  • The date or approximate date of the incident
  • A case number (if you know it, or other case identifiers)

All information provided to the Sheriff’s Department is confidential and will only be used to locate your case and continue any follow up related to that case.