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The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), a federal law enacted in 2003, was created to eliminate and prevent sexual assault and rape in correctional systems. PREA applies to all federal, state, and local prisons, jails, and police lock-ups. Major provisions of PREA include the development of standards for the detection, prevention, reduction and investigation of sexual assaults and harassment in prisons, jails, and police lock-ups.
MBTA Transit Police PREA Policy
The MBTA Transit Police has a zero tolerance policy toward sexual abuse and sexual harassment of any kind towards any detainee while in Transit Police custody. All detainees have equal rights to safety, dignity, and justice and have the right to be free from sexual abuse and sexual harassment. To that end, the MBTA Transit Police has implemented policies to prevent, detect, and investigate sexual abuse and harassment within its confinement facilities. It is the Transit Police’s policy to detect and investigate sexual abuse by an employee, vendor, contracted agency, volunteer, detainee or other non-Department member with a business association with the Transit Police. Detainees who are subject of sexual abuse or sexual harassment are strongly encouraged to report the behavior. All complaints will be investigated thoroughly and completely, whether criminally or administratively, whichever is most appropriate.
Reporting Sexual Abuse or Harassment
Detainees experiencing sexual abuse or harassment may report the behavior to any MBTA Transit Police employee, or to a third party, such as friend or family member, attorney or advocate, who may make the report for them. If you were assaulted as a detainee while in Transit Police custody, or you know someone who was assaulted while in Transit Police custody, you can report the incident by calling the MBTA Transit Police Superintendent’s Office at 617-222-1100 or by appearing in person at MBTA Transit Police Headquarters. When reporting an alleged incident, please provide, as best you can, a description of the alleged incident, the location of the incident, the date, time, identity or ID number of the individual(s) whom you believe assaulted or harassed you, the identity of any witnesses, your name, if you choose, and a telephone number or address where you can be reached.
Third Party Reporting
Alternatively, reports may be made directly to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office Sexual Assault Unit at 617-619-4350. You can remain anonymous. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office is not affiliated with the MBTA Transit Police and will report the alleged incident to the proper Transit Police authorities on your behalf to investigate.
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