Responding to sexual assault in a correctional facility requires great skill, coordination, and sensitivity, as well as an understanding of the unique challenges presented by a confined setting. In its 2009 national standards and final report, the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission called on correctional facilities to develop a sexual assault response protocol based on the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2004 National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations, Adults/Adolescents. The Vera Center on Victimization and Safety’s Sexual Assault Forensic Protocol Project worked with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women and the Federal Bureau of Prisons to develop a guide for prisons, jails, residential community corrections, and lockups for adapting the national protocol to these environments.

Project Objectives

  • To give corrections professionals practical tools to aid their compliance with the PREA standards.

  • To promote human dignity behind bars by improving responses to sexual abuse in correctional facilities.

Key Fact

9.6% of former state inmates reported experiencing at least one sexual assault during their most recent incarceration, according to a report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).