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Iowa gets two million dollars to test sexual assault kits

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The Iowa Department of Justice is getting two million dollars, so they can reduce the number of untested sexual assault kits in the state. 

Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the largest effort ever to test many of the untested rape kits across the country. 

The two million dollars that Iowa is getting is part of an almost 41 million dollar effort. 

For years, tens of thousands of evidence kits across the country that could have helped police sat on shelves untested. 

But Biden says now we can help bring justice for sexual assault survivors. 

"It reduces the total number of victims when we do it. But the 2nd thing it does is it sets women free who have been victimized," Biden says. 

This problem came to public attention when a Detroit prosecutor found 10,000 kits sitting neglected in a warehouse. 

This initiative is part of the Justice Department's larger ongoing effort to address sexual assault across the country. 

This money will be used across to county to test about 70,000 rape kits.

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