The Backlog:


We do not know the extent of the backlog in Iowa—there is only information about the backlog at the local level, which you can see below. Like most states, Iowa does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits. In fact, just three states do—Colorado, Illinois and Texas—and because of the reforms these states have implemented, we now have a more accurate picture of the backlog there. This can happen in Iowa, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

In February 2015, legislation was introduced that would require a statewide audit of untested rape kits. The bill currently awaits action from a House Subcommittee.

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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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