October 22, 2019

The Riley County Police Department is proud to have pledged our support of the “Yes, This Room.” public awareness campaign which seeks to raise awareness of sexual assault while combatting the normalization of sexual violence in our society. 

The goal of the campaign is to place a greater focus on offender accountability, encourage sexual assault victims to report, and aid in reducing victimization in Kansas. It is a call to action that brings attention to sexual assault with immediacy. By encouraging everyone to educate themselves on the facts, challenges their thoughts and beliefs, and engage in courageous conversations about sexual assault, we can help change the culture and prevent sexual assault before it happens.

To dispel myths and biases and make our communities safer places to learn, work, and live requires action from everyone. The “Yes, This Room.” campaign includes tools and resources to help you engage in the conversation and create an impact.

The “Yes, This Room” public awareness campaign was launched by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation after the Kansas Sexual Assault Kit Initiative concluded that lack of societal awareness was a factor that contributed to the accumulation of unsubmitted sexual assault kits across the state.

Since 2014, Director Dennis Butler has served on the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative which takes a proactive, objective look at the issue of previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits in the state of Kansas. All involved in the SAKI recognize the value of collecting and testing sexual assault evidence. Through this program, one goal was to link serial offenders and prevent subsequent assaults. Members of the initiative set in motion a plan to test the backlog of kits and help the victims of sexual assault receive appropriate services. 

For more information about the SAKI Project, visit www.kansas.gov/kbi/saki.shtml