ACHIEVING COMPLIANCE WITH THE PRISON RAPE ELIMINATION ACT
In 2019, Vista Maria completed the Juvenile Justice Residential Facility Sexual Abuse Data Census Survey. Data was measured in the following areas: non-consensual sexual acts, abusive sexual contacts, youth and staff sexual harassment, and staff sexual misconduct. Vista Maria regrettably reported one substantiated complaint of Staff-on-Resident sexually abusive contact. Due to Vista Maria’s zero tolerance policy this resulted in immediate termination. In addition Vista Maria reported two substantiated cases of resident-on-resident sexually abusive contact, and one unsubstantiated case of resident-on-resident sexually abusive contact.
Vista Maria encourages all youth, staff, volunteers and the public to report any potential suspected or actual sexual abuse or any type of abuse or neglect. For such allegations, a report can be filed directly with Child Protective Services at (855) 444-3911.
Attached is a copy of Vista Maria’s PREA policy regarding understanding and maintaining PREA compliance.