ABOUT PREA: The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a federal law passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties in Congress. The purpose of the act was to “provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.” (Prison Rape Elimination Act, 2003). In addition to providing federal funding for research, programs, training, and technical assistance to address the issue, the legislation mandated the development of national standards. The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission developed recommended national standards for reducing prison rape. The final standards became effective June 20, 2012, when they were published by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Federal Register. More recently, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released final standards for DHS confinement facilities, effective May 6, 2014.
The Department of Children and Families has zero tolerance of all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
Consistent with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), all allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment generated by juveniles residing in or confined to a facility operated or contracted by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) for the confinement of juveniles shall be referred for investigation. The medical and psychological trauma of sexual abuse or harassment shall be minimized as much as possible by prompt and appropriate health interventions and through the use of trauma screenings and assessment.
If you have been or somebody you know has been the victim of sexual abuse or sexual harassment while in a facility operated or contracted by the DCF for the confinement of juveniles, or if you have been or somebody you know has been the subject of retaliation for reporting sexual abuse or sexual harassment, please contact the DCF Careline at 1-800-842-2288.
You may also complete the PREA Incident Report (DCF-8108) or contact the DCF PREA Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the DOC PREA Hotline at 1-770-743-7783.