PREA Compliance

  1. Definitions
  2. Investigation
  3. Medical Treatment
  4. Minimizing Risk
  5. Reporting
  6. Resident Rights
  7. Retaliation Protection

The following definitions of abuse, neglect, and exploitation are taken from a brochure entitled If Abuse Happens to You…End the Silence: A Teen’s Guide to Reporting Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in Juvenile Justice Facilities.

  • Emotional Abuse: an action by another person that may cause you extreme embarrassment, mental, or emotional harm. It may involve a person cursing at you, making crude sexual remarks or comments, or comments about your race, gender, family, or the way you look.
  • Exploitation: when someone in authority takes advantage of you by asking or requiring personal favors for them or someone else.
  • Neglect: when a person responsible for your care fails to do so, and may involve unreasonable delay or refusal to provide medical care or failure to provide proper supervision which results in you or another resident being assaulted, hurt, or abused.
  • Physical Abuse: something done to you that causes physical pain or injury to your body, often considered an assault. It may involve hitting, kicking, punching, choking, shoving or other act done by an adult or another resident against you.
  • Sexual Abuse: a sexual act committed against you or intentional touching in a sexual manner by another person, or another person asks you to engage in any sexual behavior.
  • Sexual Harassment: is defined by PREA as repeated and unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal comments, gestures, or actions of a derogatory or offensive sexual nature by one resident directed toward another; and repeated verbal comments or gestures of a sexual nature to a resident by a staff member, contractor or volunteer including demeaning references to gender, sexually-suggestive language or derogatory comments about body or clothing, or obscene language or gestures.