We do not know the extent of the backlog in Iowa—there is only information about the backlog at the local level, which is posted below. Like most 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 a growing number of states, all across the country, are making real reforms to end the backlog. 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 Iowa legislature adjourned for the 2015 session without passing this legislation.
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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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