Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a federal law that supports the elimination, reduction, and prevention of sexual abuse in adult and juvenile facilities as well as community correction programs.
Athletes For Change complies with all applicable PREA standards for juvenile facilities as established by law. We have a zero tolerance policy towards any form of conduct that meets the definition of sexual abuse or sexual harassment.
The safety and well–being of our residents is our first concern and every employee is required to prevent, detect, and respond to such conduct. All residents have the right to be free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. This includes not being subjected to sexually abusive and/or harassing behavior from staff, contractors, volunteers, and other residents.
If a resident is sexually abused or sexually harassed by any staff, contractors, volunteers, or resident(s), the resident is encouraged to immediately report the incident so that the facility can ensure the resident’s safety and the safety of other residents.
Residents have the right to confidentially report sexual abuse or sexual harassment to a staff employee, juvenile probation officer, caseworker, a counselor, a volunteer, a mental health professional, and the Facility Administrator, or the resident may use the facility’s grievance process.
A resident, family member or a member of the public (third party), may anonymously report a resident’s sexual abuse or sexual harassment directly by calling the DFPS Hotline at 1-800-252-5400. Any report of sexual abuse or sexual harassment alleged to have occurred within the facility will be reported to the Glenn Heights Police Department and DFPS for a possible criminal investigation and prosecution.
If a resident is sexually abused, he will also be provided access to outside victim advocates for emotional support services related to the sexual abuse. The Parkland Hospital Victim Intervention Program/Rape Crisis Support Center is the designated outside victim advocate for Athletes For Change operated facilities and can be contacted by calling the 24-hour hotline at (214) 590-0430.
The resident will be provided any emergency or on-going medical treatment needed as result of being the victim of sexual abuse that occurs in the facility. The resident will also be provided a mental health assessment by one of our mental health professionals and provided any needed mental health services as a result of being the victim of sexual abuse that occurs in the facility. These medical and mental health services will be provided at no cost to the resident or his family.
Under the guidelines of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, Athletes For Change is required to post data in regards to sexual conduct that occurs within our facility. Athletes For Change has no incidents of sexual abuse, sexual harassment or sexual misconduct alleged or reported from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2019. This data will be updated annually.