The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) establishes a Zero-Tolerance standard towards all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment of incarcerated persons. It is Public Law 108-79, signed in September 2003 by President Bush. PREA sets a standard that protects the Eight Amendment rights of Federal, State, and local prisons - making the prevention of sexual abuse, and sexual harassment a top priority. It also increases available data on sexual abuse, sexual harassment and it increases the accountability for administrators who fail to prevent, reduce, and punish this type of behavior.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office is committed to a Zero-Tolerance standard for sexual abuse, and sexual harassment. The Lake County Sheriff's Office, Detention Center has developed uniformed guidelines and procedures to reduce the risk of in-custody sexual abuse, and sexual harassment activity. Inmates who experience these types of behaviors are strongly encouraged to report this type of behavior. We also support the prosecution of persons who commit acts of sexual abuse, and sexual harassment in our facilities.

You can learn more about PREA at the web sites for the National Institute of Corrections and the National PREA Resource Center.

If you were the victim of a sexual assault while in the custody of any law enforcement agency or correctional facility, that was not reported - or if you know of an incident of sexual assault of a person in the custody of any law enforcement agency or correctional facility that has not been reported - we urge you to report the incident by using the e-mail form below.

All reported incidents will be investigated. You may remain anonymous, but if you wish to be contacted by an investigator, please complete the contact information below in the form.

This form is to be used ONLY to report sexual assaults while in the custody of any law enforcement agency, and is not for the use of reporting other crimes or general complaints of the Correctional Facility. To report other crimes please contact the Lake County Sheriff's Office directly at (352) 343-2101.