Prison Rape Elimination Act
Sexual Violence (committed by offenders) will encompass:
Abusive Sexual Contact
Contact of any person without his or her consent, or by coercion, or contact of a person who is unable to consent or refuse AND intentional touching, either directly or through the clothing, of the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, or buttocks of any person.
Nonconsensual Sex Acts
Contact of any person without his or her consent, or by coercion, or contact of a person who is unable to consent or refuse AND contact between the penis and vagina or the penis and the anus including penetration, however slight; or contact between the mouth and the penis, vagina, or anus or penetration of the anal or genital opening of another person by the hand, finger, or other object.
Sexual Harassment by an offender (towards an offender)
Repeated and unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal comments, gestures, or actions of a derogatory or offensive sexual nature by an offender toward another offender.
Staff Sexual Harassment (towards an offender)
Repeated verbal comments or gestures of a sexual nature to an offender by a staff member, contractor, or volunteer, including demeaning references to gender, sexually suggestive or derogatory comments about body or clothing, or obscene language or gestures.
Staff Sexual Misconduct
Any threatened, coerced, attempted, or completed sexual contact, assault or battery between staff and offenders. Any sexual misconduct by staff directed toward an offender, as defined in California Code of Regulations (CCR),
Title 15, Division 3
Section 3401.5 and Penal Code (PC) Section 289.6. The legal concept of “consent” does not exist between staff and offenders; any sexual behavior between them constitutes sexual misconduct and shall subject the staff member to disciplinary action and/or to prosecution under the law.
3401.5. Employee Sexual Misconduct
(a)For the purposes of this section, staff sexual misconduct means any sexual behavior by a departmental employee, volunteer, agent or individual working on behalf of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which involves or is directed toward an inmate or parolee. The legal concept of “consent” does not exist between departmental staff and inmates/parolees; any sexual behavior between them constitutes sexual misconduct and shall subject the employee to disciplinary action and/or to prosecution under the law. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to:
- Influencing or offering to influence an inmate’s/parolee’s safety, custody, housing, privileges, parole conditions or programming, or offering goods or services, in exchange for sexual favors; or
- Threatening an inmate’s/parolee’s safety, custody, housing, privileges, work detail, parole conditions or programming because the inmate/parolee has refused to engage in sexual behavior; or
- Engaging in sexual act(s) or contact, including:
- Sexual intercourse; or
- Sodomy; or
- Oral Copulation; or
- Penetration of genital or anal openings by a foreign object, substance, instrument or device for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification, or manipulation; or
- Rubbing or touching of the breasts or sexual organs of another or of oneself, in the presence of and with knowledge of another, for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification, or manipulation; or
- Invasion of privacy, beyond that reasonably necessary to maintain safety and security; or disrespectful, unduly familiar, or sexually threatening comments directed to, or within the hearing of, an inmate/parolee.
- Display by staff, in the presence of an inmate, of the staff person’s uncovered genitalia, buttocks, or breast;
- Voyeurism by a staff person including volunteers or independent contractors. Voyeurism is defined as an invasion of privacy of an offender by staff for reasons unrelated to official duties.
- Penalties. All allegations of staff sexual misconduct shall be subject to review and when appropriate, to investigation, which may lead to disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution.
- Reporting Requirements. Any employee who observes, or who receives information from any source concerning staff sexual misconduct, shall immediately report the information or incident directly to the hiring authority, unit supervisor, or highest-ranking official on duty. Failure to accurately and promptly report any incident, information or facts which would lead a reasonable person to believe sexual misconduct has occurred may subject the employee who failed to report it to disciplinary action.
- Confidentiality. Alleged victims who report criminal staff sexual misconduct falling into one of the Penal Code section set forth in Government Code Section 6254(f)(2) shall be advised that their identity may be kept confidential pursuant to Penal Code Section 293.5, upon their request.
- Retaliation Against Employees. Retaliatory measures against employees who report incidents of staff sexual misconduct shall not be tolerated and shall result in disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution. Such retaliatory measures include, but are not limited to, unwarranted denials of promotions, merit salary increases, training opportunities, or requested transfers; involuntary transfer to another location/position as a means of punishment; or unsubstantiated poor performance reports.
- Retaliation Against Inmates/Parolees. Retaliatory measures against inmates/parolees who report incidents of staff sexual misconduct shall not be tolerated and shall result in disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution. Such retaliatory measures include, but are not limited to, coercion, threats of punishment, or any other activities intended to discourage or prevent an inmate/parolee from reporting sexual misconduct.
- Protection Measures. Multiple protection measures shall be considered to protect inmate victims who report staff sexual misconduct or cooperate with staff sexual misconduct investigations including but not limited to housing changes or transfers for inmate victims or abusers, removal of alleged staff or inmate abusers from contact with victims, and emotional support services for inmates or staff who fear retaliation for reporting staff sexual misconduct or sexual harassment or for cooperating with investigations.