The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault applauds the release of the first-ever binding national standards aimed at preventing and addressing sexual abuse in U.S. corrections facilities. Developed by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, in close collaboration with Just Detention International, these standards represent a milestone in the effort to end sexual violence in detention. Attorney General Eric Holder now has one year to encode the standards as part of federal regulations.
CALCASA is a signatory of the “Call for Change,” sponsored by Just Detention International.
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The National Rape Commission was created by the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 and charged with developing standards to eliminate sexual abuse in correctional and detention facilities.  The Commission has developed standards to build leadership, protect vulnerable populations, encourage reporting, improve investigations, provide treatment for victims, strengthen oversight and hold perpetrators accountable. The Commission engaged in a rigorous information gathering process that included testimony from eight public hearings, input and feedback from experts on the subject areas where standards were developed, site visits, organizational roundtables and two periods of public comment while the standards were in draft form.  As required by the statute, the Commission will sunset sixty days after the release of the report and standards.