The Iowa Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Multi-Disciplinary team (MDT) is committed to ensuring the entire process of kit testing and follow-up is conducted in a manner that is victim centered and trauma informed. The SAKI MDT understands that any reminder of a previous assault may cause feelings of fear, anger, or distress. These feelings are normal. If you would like additional support at any time, please contact any of the resources provided on this webpage. If you are unsure of who to contact, the Iowa Victim Call Center is a 24/7 call center that has trained and certified advocates that may be able to assist. The phone number for the call center is 1 800 770-1650 or text ‘IOWAHELP’ to 20121.
In 2016, Iowa conducted a survey to determine how many sexual assault kits law enforcement agencies across the state were possessing that had never been submitted to the Division of Criminal Investigation Crime Laboratory. Through that survey, it was determined that 4,265 sexual assault kits existed. There were a number of reasons given for why these kits were not sent to the DCI Laboratory. For more information on this, please see the Inventory Report released in March of 2017 by clicking here. Only kits that in which evidence was collected prior to May 2015 are eligible for testing through the SAKI process. At this time, the SAKI MDT has recommended that any kit that was submitted as an anonymous kit not be tested. If you previously submitted an anonymous kit and you wish to change the status of your kit, you may contact your local advocacy agency or local law enforcement jurisdiction to assist you with that process.
If you would not like your sexual assault kit to be submitted for testing through this initiative, you can access the Opt Out form by clicking here . Instructions on how to complete the Opt Out form can be found on the form. If your kit has already been submitted at the time the request is received, you will not be able to Opt Out at that time. You may still opt out of victim notification if you wish to receive no further correspondence about your kit.
If you are unsure if your kit was previously submitted, or if you would like to obtain information on the status of your case, please contact your local advocacy agency or the Iowa SAKI Information Line at 1 800 770-1650.
Once local agencies receive the results of the kit analysis, law enforcement and advocacy teams will begin conducting notification to victims when new information is obtained through that analysis. The process may look similar to this: (INFOGRAPH).
Not every person whose kit is tested will receive notification. If the analysis of the kit does not produce new information such as the discovery of DNA, the survivor may not be notified. If you would like to receive notification regardless, or wish to be notified upon submission of your kit for testing, you may make your wishes known through a process call Opt In Notification. To fill out the Opt-In form please click on the Survivor Opt-In tab at the top of the page.
As a survivor, you are welcome to utilize any information or resources throughout this website that you find helpful. Please note that the term survivor and victim are used interchangeably throughout the various pages of this site. It is entirely up to you as to which term you wish to use, if either. If you have a preference, please make that desire known to the professionals you have contact with.
The following resources have been compiled to help answer some of the questions you may have moving forward. The SAKI MDT’s goal is to ensure you have resources available to help provide support throughout this process.