Nationwide, community rape crisis centers, victim services providers, and state sexual assault coalitions are working to help survivors of sexual assault in detention. "No Bad Victims," a project funded by a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women, provides information and assistance to support these advocates. Resources include: frequently asked questions, ask an advocate, webinar archive, fact sheets, SART toolkit, Hope Behind Bars: An Advocate’s Guide to Helping Survivors of Sexual Abuse in Confinement, and links to additional resources.
The panel is responsible for conducting annual hearings to collect evidence to assist the Bureau of Justice Statistics in identifying common characteristics, not only of victims and perpetrators of prison rape, but also of prisons and prison systems with a high incidence of prison rape and those that have been successful in deterring prison rape.
This website provides access to the report and standards of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. These sections explain the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission’s (NPREC) “nine findings on the problems of sexual abuse in confinement and select policies and practices that must be mandatory everywhere to remedy these problems” and follow an Executive Summary: Part I. Understanding and Preventing Sexual Abuse—A Problem that Must Be Solved, Leadership Matters, Unequal Risk for Vulnerability and Victimization, and Strengthening Oversight Inside and Out; Part II. Responding to Victims and Perpetrators—Reporting, Investigation, and Punishment and Treating Trauma; and Part III. Special Populations—When Children Are Involved, the Next Frontier of Community Corrections, and Immigrants in Detection (On the Margins).
The proposed standards are designed to “ensure validity for particular conditions of confinement…[and provide] a substantial and salutary effect on the safety of prisons, jails, lockups, immigration detention centers, juvenile detention facilities, and community correctional facilities.” The Attorney General is required to promulgate national standards within a year of receiving the commission’s standards for review.
There are four sets of standards: “NPREC Standards for the Prevention, Detection, Response, and Monitoring of Sexual Abuse in Adult Prisons and Jails, including Supplemental Standards for Facilities with Immigration Detainees”; “NPREC Standards for the Prevention, Detection, Response, and Monitoring of Sexual Abuse in Lockups”; “NPREC Standards for the Prevention, Detection, Response, and Monitoring of Sexual Abuse in Juvenile Facilities”; and “NPREC Standards for the Prevention, Detection, Response, and Monitoring of Sexual Abuse in Community Corrections.”
Each standard is comprised of these sections: I. Prevention and Response Planning; II. Prevention—Training and Education and Assessment and Placement of Residents; III. Detection and Response—Reporting, Official Response Following a Resident Report, Investigations, Discipline, and Medical and Mental Health Care; IV. Monitoring—Data Collection and Review and Audits; Appendixes—Responsibilities of Forensic Medical Examiners, Training Topics and Procedures, Incident-Based Data Collection, and Standards Implementation Needs Assessment.
Links to various Department of Justice publications and resources regarding the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) can be found on this website.