The Iowa Department of Justice's Crime Victims Assistance Division was awarded a $2-million SAKI grant in FY2015 and received a $1-million supplemental award in FY2016 to develop a comprehensive, statewide approach to addressing previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). The grant money was used to test approximately 4,000 SAKs and provide trauma-informed training for case investigations and prosecutions that resulted from testing. Grant funds were also used to host two sessions of the Interactive Scenario Sexual Assault Response Team training, which gave professionals from various disciplines an opportunity to come together to learn and work through a scenario-based exercise with a cold case focus.
Through their time as a SAKI grantee, the Iowa Department of Justice has designed a standardized sexual assault consent and information form that accompanies each SAK. This form also provides clarity about the victim's desire for SAK testing, information about SAK storage under Iowa law, and details about how the victim can proceed if their desire changes during the statutory storage period. On their website, the Iowa SAKI team has implemented an opt-in victim notification process; other resources for sexual assault survivors are also available on the website.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2015||$ 2,000,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2016 - supplemental award||$1,000,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
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To learn more about the Iowa Department of Justice's progress, read the following news and events..
Iowa gets $2 million to inventory untested rape kits
The Des Moines Register, Sep 10, 2015
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.