To report any sexual abuse or sexual harassment allegations regarding DYRS youth, call
Delaware Child Abuse Hotline:  1-800-292-9582
or
your local law enforcement agency

What is the Prison Rape Elimination Act?

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties inCongress.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 feature photo 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.

The Act also created the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission and charged it with developing draft standards for the elimination of prison rape. Those standards were published in June 2009, and were turned over to the Department of Justice for review and passage as a final rule. That final rule became effective August 20, 2012.