Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (Public Law No. 108-79) (PREA) was signed into law in 2003 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.“ Meeting the objectives of PREA is a priority of the Crossroads Community Youth Home. Crossroads has a zero-tolerance toward any incident involving the sexual assault, sexual harassment, or rape of a resident. The purpose of this policy, which is outlined below, is to ensure residents are protected from sexual assault and sexual harassment and to outline the agency’s approach to preventing, detecting, and responding to such conduct. In addition, each resident of Crossroads receives mandatory PREA training.
All allegations of sexual assault, abuse, harassment, or rape will be reported to the local law enforcement agency, York County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO), for investigation and prosecution.
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
- Crossroads Community Youth Home prohibits and will not tolerate any fraternization or sexual misconduct between staff, contractors, interns, volunteers, and residents, or between residents. The agency actively works to prevent, detect, report, and respond to any violation.
- Any behavior of a sexual nature between employees and residents is prohibited. Employees shall be subject to disciplinary action under the Standards of Conduct and shall be subject to prosecution under the Code of Virginia. All staff, contractors, interns, and volunteers shall report any suspicion of fraternization or sexual misconduct between staff, contractors, interns, volunteers, and residents immediately. Staff are not only required to report but also may be subject to disciplinary actions if not reported.
- Any behavior of a sexual nature by and between residents is prohibited and subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Crossroads Policy and Procedure Manual. Sexual behavior also may result in criminal charges.
- Consensual sexual activity among residents shall not be permitted. If residents engage in this type of activity, one or both residents shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Crossroads Policy and Procedure Manual and Resident Handbook.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU’VE BEEN ASSAULTED OR IF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT HAS OCCURRED AT CROSSROADS:
Residents can participate in an investigation in many ways, including being the alleged victim, suspect, reporter, or witness. Reporting can be done several ways by the resident or his/her family member or someone else:
- Report it to any staff member, or
- Report it by calling the Colonial Behavioral Health Certified Preadmission Screening Clinician (CBH CPSC) at 757-378-5555 any time, or call Avalon at 757-258-5051. You can also contact the Program Manager at 757-890-4145 or the Residential Operations Supervisor at 757-890-4147, or
- File a grievance, or
- Write a letter of complaint.
Questions? Please call Kathryn Lofquist, Case Manager / PREA Coordinator, at 757-890-4142 or Kathryn.Lofquist@yorkcounty.gov.
*There were no reported incidents of sexual abuse, assault, harassment, or rape during fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018).
*There were no reported incidents of sexual abuse, assault, harassment, or rape during fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019).