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.
Credit to National PREA Resource Center
Methods to report Sexual Abuse or Sexual Harassment:
- PREA Hotline (1-866-363-7273) via the toll free land line
- Resident grievance submitted via confidential box.
- Internal private discussion PREA coordinator
- Third Party Reports
- Contacting Pittsburgh Action Against Crime (PAAR)
Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania's full PREA audit is available here.