ABUSE, NEGLECT, EXPLOITATION AND THE PRISON RAPE ELIMINATION ACT:
An Information Sheet for Parents, Guardians, and Custodians Regarding PREA
PREA is a Federal Act supporting the elimination, reduction, and prevention of sexual assault and rape within juvenile facilities. The Youth Center of the High Plains (YCHP) maintains a zero tolerance policy towards sexual abuse and sexual harassment of the juveniles we serve in accordance with PREA standards. The zero tolerance policy applies to all employees, contractors, interns, and volunteers who work in any capacity for DCJP, who provide services to juveniles who are in our care, custody, or control, or who may come into close contact with them.
All residents will receive an age-appropriate comprehensive education explaining our zero tolerance policy towards sexual abuse and sexual harassment and their right to be free from these, including retaliation for reporting such incidents.
Residents will be educated on how they can report incidents (or suspicions) of sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment, and YCHP policies and procedures for responding to such incidents.
Information obtained from juveniles during initial assessments will be used to make appropriate decisions regarding housing, program, and educational assignments with the goal of keeping all residents safe.
Third parties (parents, attorneys, counselors, etc.) have the right to report incidents (or suspicions) of sexual abuse and sexual harassment on behalf of residents of the Youth Center of the High Plains. Third party reports can be made to YCHP staff, to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, or to the Randall County Sheriff’s Office. (See Third Party Contact Information below)
All alleged incidents of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in the Pre or Post-Adjudication facilities will be investigated by the Randall County Sheriff’s Office, and administratively by YCHP and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.