Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

PREA: What Is It?

PREA stands for the Prison Rape Elimination Act, which was signed into law by President Bush on September 4, 2003. The final regulatory standards went into effect on August 20, 2012.

What is the purpose of PREA?

PREA addresses the prevention, detection, and response to sexual assault and sexual harassment in correctional and residential facilities. The law requires that all states adopt a “Zero Tolerance” for all forms of sexual assault, abuse and harassment in confinement facilities.

How does PREA apply to Onarga Academy?

Onarga Academy takes the safety of youth in care very seriously and ensures that everyone who lives or works within our facility understands the signs and symptoms of sexual abuse, how to report suspected abuse, and how to respond to allegations of abuse.

Though Onarga Academy is not a locked facility, and youth placed here are not detained, we recognize that the PREA standards for juvenile facilities are applicable to more than just jails and prisons.

Onarga Academy is committed to demonstrating compliance with the standards and goals of PREA in order to provide a safe environment for the youth in care, their families, our vendors, our employees, and the surrounding community.

Onarga Academy does not tolerate any form of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or retaliation against a person who reports.

How does a person make a report?

Onarga Academy offers multiple ways to report sexual abuse and sexual harassment:
  • Telephone: (815) 268-5874 or dial extension 5510 on campus.
  • Report to any staff.
  • Submit a grievance or written statement.
  • Report to the PREA Coordinator or Clinical Director.
  • A family member, friend, legal counsel, or anyone else outside the facility can report on behalf of a youth in care by calling (815) 268-5874 or emailing PREA@nexus-ona.org.
  • A report can also be made to the Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KCCASA) at (815) 432-0420. This resource is located outside Onarga Academy, and the caller can remain anonymous upon request.

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PREA Coordinator
c/o Onarga Academy
Box 107 110 N Locust
Onarga, IL 60955

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