Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Health Science

First Advisor

Carrie Sanderson

Second Advisor

Angela Landeen

Third Advisor

Chelsea Wesner


Child Maltreatment, DCI, SAC


The average number of sexual assaults occurring in South Dakota from 2012 thru 2017 was 759. Yet, there is no data collection system to track sexual assault exam kits. The main aspects of this paper are identifying the issue of sexual assault exam data collection in South Dakota and providing possible solutions to this issue. The recommendations provided are based off of a national review and analysis of successful programs currently in practice in other states, as well as public health theories for implementation of a new product or innovation. The process of how the national review was carried out is provided along with its successes and failures. No program is perfect, but the state of Idaho is pioneering in implementing a statewide sexual assault kit exam tracking system that is successfully catalyzing change. It is a free program designed to be shared with other public entities and with the capability to be modified to best fit the needs of the respective adopting agency. South Dakota is beginning at ground zero and would benefit from adopting the model that has been developed in Idaho. Idaho’s model makes it possible for an entire state and its respective agencies to collaborate efficiently with key information to better work together in fighting for best practices in response to sexual assault.



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