The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), passed in 2003, addresses the problem of sexual violence in correctional agencies. 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).
PREA covers all adult facilities, as well as juvenile detention facilities. It requires facilities to meet certain standards when it comes to responding to sexual violence against inmates, whether committed by other inmates or correctional staff.
Sexual violence is never warranted. If you experienced sexual violence in a correctional facility, it is not your fault. Help is available for you.
If you or someone you know was sexually assaulted in a correctional facility, or experienced any other sexual violence, please call us to speak with an advocate. You can call any day or any time at 1.800.770.1650 or text iowahelp to 20121.