Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name



Clinical and Mental Health Counseling

Committee Chair

James R. Stefurak, Ph.D.


The purpose of the current study was to understand how stakeholders involved in the support of survivors experienced the impact of the preliminary implementation of a Sexual Assault Kits Initiative (SAKI) program.. Interviews were conducted with several participants, including rape crisis advocates, sexual assault nurse examiners, special victim unit detectives, and assistant district attorneys involved in the project called “The Promise Initiative” in Mobile, Alabama. Four major domains—reference to the grant, what contributed to the original problem, stakeholders, and sexual assault—and corresponding core ideas emerged that highlighted both positive and negative experiences stakeholders had with the grant. One of the overarching themes that stakeholders collectively experienced was related to trust or lack thereof within their own capabilities, between other stakeholders, and for the system.