PRISON RAPE & ELIMINATION ACT
AS REQUIRED BY THE PRISON RAPE ELIMINATION ACT (PREA) GVRC WILL NOT TOLERATE SEXUAL ABUSE OR ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ABUSE OF ITS RESIDENTS.
What is Inappropriate Sexual Activity at GVRC?
Sexual activity of any type is prohibited at GVRC. Policy lists these prohibited activities as:
Resident-on-resident sexually abusive penetration: Any sexual penetration by a resident of another resident. The sexual acts included are: contact between the penis and the vagina or the anus; contact between the mouth and the penis, vagina, or anus; or, penetration of the anal or genital opening of another person by a hand, finger, or other object.
Resident-on-resident sexually abusive contact: Non-penetrative touching (either directly or through the clothing) of the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, or buttocks without penetration by a resident of another resident, with or without the latter’s consent, or of a resident who is coerced into sexual contact by threats of violence, or of a resident who is unable to refuse.
Resident-on-resident sexual harassment: Repeated and unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, verbal comments, or gestures or actions of a derogatory or offensive sexual nature by one resident directed toward another.
Sexual Exploitation: Includes allowing, permitting, or encouraging a child to engage in prostitution, or allowing, permitting, encouraging, or engaging in the photographing, filming, or depicting of a child engaged in a listed sexual act as defined in MCL 750.145c
Staff, volunteers, and contractors that work with youths at GVRC must also abide by the same laws and restrictions, and will be held fully accountable for any violations of policy and state law.
Zero Tolerance Policy
Zero tolerance means that sexual acting out, sexual assault, and sexual activity of any type is not allowed and will not be tolerated at GVRC. Personnel at GVRC supervise youths vigilantly to prevent sexual assault. Any occurrence of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault will be reported, investigated, and the perpetrator held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
Reporting Sexual Assault, Attempted Assault, Threats, or Sexual Acting Out
It is the responsibility of all residents of GVRC to immediately report sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, threats, sexual harassment, or sexual exploitation if it occurs or if it is suspected to have occurred. Youths reporting will be fully protected from retaliation, including retaliation from staff if staff is suspected of sexually inappropriate behavior or sexual assault.
Youths must report violations or suspected violations to any staff, supervisor, or administrator, through the grievance process, or may report to someone outside of the facility by calling the DHS hotline, 1-888-444-3911. Reporting can be done verbally or in writing. Youths are encouraged to report directly and immediately to staff so that immediate steps may be taken to keep youths safe from sexual assault and/or investigate an actual occurrence. Reports may also be made through use of the Youth Grievance System. It is the responsibility of all residents and all personnel at GVRC to maintain safety at all times.
Preventing sexual assault in institutions is a responsibility that the personnel at GVRC take extremely seriously. While youths are encouraged to report even suspected violations, youths are cautioned that knowingly making a false allegation against another person is a legal violation. This means that a youth that intentionally lies when accusing someone of sexual assault and/or related sexually inappropriate behavior will receive consequences that could include criminal charges. Report truthfully.
Help and Counseling for Victims of Sexual Assault
GVRC has policies in force that require that a victim of sexual assault receive medical attention, counseling, is kept safe from further victimization and protected from retaliation, and is supported in helping to hold perpetrators accountable. If a youth believes or suspects he has been victimized or is in danger of being victimized, or believes that another youth has been victimized or is danger of being victimized, it must be reported. Keeping the issue a secret might keep a victim or potential victim of sexual assault from getting the help that is needed.
How to Help Keep Yourself and Others Safe
Keep yourself and others from falling victim to sexual assault by:
- Following the rules of the program
- Don’t keep secrets—Talk about what is happening in your treatment group
- Don’t isolate with another youth—Keep all of your activities out in the open
- Don’t trade food or goods with other youths
- Never accept a gift or promise from another youth in return for not telling on the youth or not bringing up group and youth issues
- Always report and discuss issues with your staff and treatment group
- Don’t enter into romantic relationships with other youths—It is strictly prohibited and could increase the chances of inappropriate behavior or sexual assault