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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeIowa Department of Justice

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SAKI awarded the Iowa Department of Justice a grant in the amount of $2 million, a portion of which it will use to test approximately 4,000 SAKs. The Iowa Department of Justice will use the remaining funds for investigations and prosecutions.

Funded in 2015, Iowa Crime Victims Assistance Division, used SAKI funding to achieve several goals and milestones:

  • Iowa DOJ hosted two sessions of Interactive Scenario Sexual Assault Response Team training providing professionals from various disciplines an opportunity to come together to learn and work through a scenario-based exercise with a cold case focus.
  • The Iowa SAKI team designed a standardized sexual assault consent and information form which will accompany each sexual assault kit and provide clarity related to the victim's desire for kit testing, information about kit storage under Iowa law, and how the victim can proceed if her/his desire changes during the statutory storage period.
  • Iowa DOJ launched a website to provide resources to those who've been victimized and provide information on law enforcement best practices.Survivors of sexual assault can also use the site to check the progress of their case. Find out more information about Iowa's sexual assault kit initiative project.

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To learn more about their progress, read below for other news and events out of Iowa Department of Justice.

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News and Events

With thousands of rape kits untested, Iowa will implement a new tracking, reporting system
Danielle Gehr, Des Moines Register, Nov 12, 2019
Iowa is launching a new tracking and reporting system for evidence kits collected from sexual assault victims in July 1, 2020.

Iowa launches website to help victims of sex assault
Josh Scheinblum, KCRG, Mar 7, 2018
Iowa has launched a website to provide resources to those who’ve been victimized and provide information on law enforcement best practices. Survivors of sexual assault can also use the site to check the progress of their case.

Follow-up file: State officials say 95 untested sexual assault kits sent for testing
Tara Becker, Quad-City Times, Aug 6, 2017
The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is pleased to announce that it has begun submitting it’s more than 4,200 unsubmitted backlogged rape kits to the laboratory. To learn more, read the full article.

Attorney General Statewide Law Enforcement Survey Finds 4,265 Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits
Iowa Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General, Mar 7, 2017
The Iowa Attorney General's Crime Victim Assistance Division has completed an audit of unsubmitted sexual assault kits in the state. The audit identified 4,265 untested sexual assault kits in city and county law enforcement agencies. Read the full story to learn more about the inventory results and Iowa's next steps.

Iowa gets $2 million to inventory untested rape kits
The Des Moines Register, Sep 10, 2015

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Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases. Through this program, funding is provided to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

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