The Backlog:

Iowa

We do not know the extent of the backlog in Iowa. Like many states, Iowa does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits, making it difficult to know the extent of the rape kit backlog here. However, legislation recently introduced in Iowa could soon change that.  

In September 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance announced the Iowa Department of Justice was awarded $2,000,000 in funding to address its backlog through testing kits, investigating and prosecuting cases, and re-engaging with victims.

Earlier that year, HF-376 was introduced, which would require a statewide audit of untested rape kits. If passed, Iowa would join a growing number of states all across the country making real reforms to end the backlog. 

Join us and take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

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As of early 2013, there were 671 untested rape kits in the evidence room at the Davenport Police Department, and some dated as far back as the 1990s. Of the 47 kits the Department received in 2012, only 8 were sent to the state crime lab, and in 2011, only 12 of the 64 kits collected were sent for testing. According to the Department, some of the untested kits are from cases in which the survivor did not report the rape.

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