The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was 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 creating a mandate for significant research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and through the National Institute of Justice, funding through the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections supported major efforts in many state correctional, juvenile detention, community corrections, and jail systems.
Methods for inmates to report Sexual Abuse or Sexual Harassment include:
PREA Hotline - 866-823-6703
Third Party Reports
Verbal or Inmate request slips to any staff member
Methods for Civilians to report Sexual Abuse or Sexual Harassment include: