[JAIL NAME]Prison Rape Elimination ActPamphlet
This brochure was produced with support from Grant No. 2012-RP-BX-0001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
[JAIL NAME]haszero tolerancefor sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct. You have the right to be safe while you are in jail.
How can I report sexual abuse or harassment?Notify a Jail Deputy, Supervisor, or anyone who works in the jailSubmit a grievanceHave your attorney or a loved one report it to the Sheriff’s Office at###-####[INSERTOUTSIDE REPORTING OPTION, SUCH AS TO THEPOLICE OR JUDICIAL DISTRICT INVESTIGATORS][JAIL NAME] willinvestigate all reports of sexual abuse or sexual harassment.
How can I get help?If you have experienced sexual abuse or sexual harassment,you are not alone. Free, confidential help is available, even if you don’t report the abuse.[INSERTCONFIDENTIAL VICTIM ADVOCACY INFORMATION – SUCH AS THE HOTLINE FOR A RAPE CRISISCENTER]Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)provides information and referrals to survivors of sexual abuse. CCASA cannot provide counseling or crisis services.1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 700Denver, CO 80203Phone: (303) 839-9999Just Detention International (JDI)providesconfidential support, information, and referrals to anyone who has been sexually abused in detention.Cynthia Totten, Attorney at LawCA Attorney Reg. #1992663325 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 340Los Angeles, CA 90010Phone: (213) 384-1400
Sexual abuse by an inmate includes:Any sexual contact that you do not want or agree to, including:Vaginal, oral, or anal penetrationContact between your genitals and someone else’s genitals or anus, or contact between your mouth and their genitals or anusIntentional touching of your genitals, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, or buttocks, directly or through clothingSexual abuse by staff or volunteers includes:Any sexual contact, even if you agreeAny attempt, threat or request to have sexual contact with youAny time they display their genitals, buttocks or breasts to youAny violation of your privacy unrelated to official dutiesSexual harassment is:Any unwelcome sexual advances,comments, gestures, ordegrading, disrespectful remarks about your gender, sexual orientation, or body.
What is the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)?PREA is a federal law that was created to put an end to sexual abuse in all forms of detention, including prisons, jails, juvenile detention facilities, community corrections centers, and police lockups.The PREA standards were released by the Department of Justice in 2012 and provide guidelines for corrections facilities on sexual abuse prevention, detection, and response.The PREA standards require that survivors of sexual abuse behind bars be offered medical and mental health care, including a medical forensic exam, if necessary, as well as confidential victim advocacy services.[INCLUDE OTHER WAYS THAT INMATES CAN LEARN MORE, SUCH AS THE INMATE HANDBOOK OR EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS.]
This brochure has information about:Your rightsHow to report sexual abuse or sexual harassmentHow to get help if you are targetedIf you are the victim of sexual abuse or sexual harassment,IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT.Victims have rights:To be safe and protected from sexual abuse or sexual harassmentTo get help if someone is hurting or threatening them in any wayTo ask for help without being punished or retaliated againstTo see medical and mental health providers and a confidential victim advocate