The Sexual Assault Evidence Collection (SAEC) Program supplies most hospital emergency departments and some college emergency health facilities and clinics across the state with boxed, sealed examination kits to be used during forensic medical examinations of sexual assault victims.

This project has been in place since 1992. The most recent distribution of 1,800 SAEC kit and 500 Toxicology kits took place in May 2004.

The SAEC kit is a box containing a detailed protocol and all the medical equipment necessary to conduct a thorough forensic medical examination on a sexual assault victim. The evidence collected is used by police in making an arrest and by prosecutors in seeking a conviction of the alleged perpetrator.

The SAEC Kit Program is funded by the State Legislature through the Executive Office of Public Safety (EOPS) Programs Division. An Advisory Committee lends technical supports to the project. Advisory Committee members include: the State Police Crime Lab, the Boston Police Crime Lab, the Massachusetts District Attorneys ' Association; a senior sexual assault prosecutor from a District Attorney's Office, the Department of Public Health, the head of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) and members of the Programs Division. The Advisory Committee is chaired by the Director of the Violence Against Women Act Grant Program at EOPS Programs Division.

In 1999, the Massachusetts District Attorneys ' Association (MDAA) was funded through a STOP Violence Against Women Act Grant to complete a year-long study of the Massachusetts Sexual Assault Evidence Collection kit. Many of the recommendations for improvement from that study are incorporated in the year 2000 kits.

The SAEC Kit Project Director and Advisory Board welcome input about kit design from victim/survivors, victim advocates, prosecutors, police, healthcare personnel or other interested parties. In the future, we hope to better serve all victims of sexual assault in Massachusetts by designing specialized kits for pediatric victims as well as suspects.

In 2001, the SAEC Kit Program developed a Toxicology Kit, the first in the nation. The Toxicology Kit is available for victims suspected of being drugged in conjunction with a sexual assault. Approximately 1,300 toxicology kits have been distributed to hospital emergency departments to date.

Protocol for the transportation of Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits by Law Enforcement


For more information, contact Diane DeAngelis at diane.deangelis@state.ma.us.