Prison Rape Elimination Act

End the Silence

Sexual assault and sexual harassment are acts of violence.


The Johnson County Department of Corrections has zero tolerance for all forms of sexual conduct or sexual harassment between clients and staff, volunteers, contractors, visitors or other clients.


Clients can report any sexual assault or harassment by:

  • Notifying any staff person, volunteer, contractor (in person, by phone or note)
  • Calling the MOCSA hotline at 816-531-0233 (Missouri) or 913-642-0233 (Kansas)
  • Calling Safe Home at 913-262-2868 or filing a grievance
  • Having a family member or friend report on their behalf by phone at 913-715-6300

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties in Congress. The purpose of the act was to "provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations, and funding to protect individuals from prison rape." (Prison Rape Elimination Act, 2003).

In addition to creating a mandate for significant research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and through the National Institute of Justice, funding through the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections supported major efforts in many state correctional, juvenile detentions, and jail systems.