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Building and Enhancing Partnerships of Rape Crisis Centers and Correctional Facilities to Support Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Abuse

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $300,000)

In 2003, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed with the objective of eliminating prison rape. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice released the Prison Rape Elimination Act final rule. One of the requirements under the PREA Rule is that correctional agencies must attempt to make available to incarcerated survivors an advocate from a rape crisis center. The OVC FY 2016 Building and Enhancing Partnerships to Support Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Abuse Programs will support the development and enhancement of partnerships between correctional agencies and community-based victim service providers with the goal of increasing access to outside support services for incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse.

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) will focus on serving incarcerated survivors of sexual assault in county correctional facilities. PCAR will support four project sites across Pennsylvania, where rape crisis centers and the county jails have agreed to partner to build their relationships and enhance sexual assault response and services in their communities and institutions. PCAR will work with correctional facilities to develop procedures for counseling and accompaniment, and then implement rape crisis services to incarcerated survivors. The partners for this project include rape crisis centers and county correctional facilities in four Pennsylvania counties: Allegheny County, Clarion County, Clinton County, and Lehigh County. Together, the rape crisis center and correctional facility in each county will constitute one project site, for a total of four sites included within this project. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 29, 2016