What is PREA?

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 detention, community corrections, and jail systems.

PREA and Woodward Academy

Woodward Academy has a zero-tolerance policy relating to sexual assault/rape of a student and will cooperate in the investigation and prosecution of anyone involved in the sexual assault/rape of a Woodward Academy student. The primary responsibility of all Woodward Academy employees is student safety.

Woodward Academy designates a PREA Compliance Officer with sufficient time and authority to develop, implement, and oversee agency efforts to comply with the PREA standards. Woodward Academy investigates each incident of alleged or reported sexual abuse or sexual assault/rape to the fullest extent possible in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Human Services.

How to Report

Family, friends and community advocates can report allegations of sexual abuse, sexual harassment and retaliation by contacting:

Woodward Academy PREA Compliance Officer
1251 334th St.
Woodward, IA 50276

Residents have the right to contact victim support services or an advocate following an allegation of abuse. Support services are available locally from Access Assault Care Center at 515-292-5378 or Toll Free 800-203-3488, the Blank Children’s STAR Center at 515-241-4311, or the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-362-2178.