PREA: Dynamics of Sexual Abuse in Juvenile Facilities

PREA: Dynamics of Sexual Abuse in Juvenile Facilities  

This course is designed to provide information on some of the listed requirements by PREA for Employee Training. This includes the dynamics of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement; how to detect and respond to signs of threatened and actual sexual abuse; common reactions of sexual abuse and harassment victims; how to communicate effectively with juvenile offenders (residents), including those identifying as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and intersex; and how to avoid inappropriate relationships with them. You will be given the chance to apply your knowledge in a series of interactive exercises that test your understanding of the material presented. The content is intended for staff working in juvenile correctional facilities who have direct contact with juvenile offenders (residents).


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

American Jail Association Certification


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy


This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 2.00 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #6111

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 2.00 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Discuss 9 unique dynamics of sexual abuse in correctional systems.
Recognize the 8 characteristics the Bureau of Justice Statistics has identified that make certain juveniles more vulnerable for sexual assault in correctional systems.
Detect 5-10 signs of potential sexual abuse.
Identify 6 common reactions of sexual abuse victims in correctional systems.
Discuss 8 things you can do to ensure effective and professional verbal communication with residents, including those identifying as LGBTI.
Discuss 4 things you can do to ensure effective and professional non-verbal communication with residents, including those who identify as LGBTI.
List 8 things you can do to avoid finding yourself in an inappropriate relationship with a resident.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. The Prison Rape Elimination Act C. Purpose of PREA D. The PREA National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape E. Learning Objectives: Section 2: Dynamics of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment in Correctional Systems A. Dynamics of Sexual Abuse Unique to Correctional Facilities B. Characteristics of Vulnerable Populations C. Why Staff Get Involved with People in Jail/Prison/Detention D. Master Influencer E. Assess Your Knowledge F. Summary Section 3: Detecting Signs of Sexual Abuse A. Changes B. Physical Signs of Potential Sexual Abuse C. Non-Physical Signs of Potential Sexual Abuse D. Common Reactions of Victims E. Reactions of Victims in Confinement F. Your Powers of Observation G. Assess Your Knowledge H. Practice What You’ve Learned I. Summary Section 4: Communicating Effectively and Professionally A. Vital to Safety B. Special Populations: LGBTI C. Disclosure D. Be Respectful E. Verbal Communication F. Non-Verbal Communication G. Officer Core and Resident Smead Revisited H. Personal Biases I. Assess Your Knowledge J. Summary Section 5: Avoiding Inappropriate Relationships with Residents A. Maintain Professional Boundaries B. Pitfalls to Avoid C. How to Protect Yourself From Liability D. Assess Your Knowledge E. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam G. Brain Sparks

Instructor: Elizabeth Layman, B.S.
Elizabeth Layman's career includes nine years as a police officer/detective in Arlington, Virginia, including patrol, sexual assault investigations, and forensics. She was with the Florida Corrections and Florida Parole Commission for 16 years as a Parole Officer and Administrative Hearing Officer conducting hearings with thousands of inmate/detainees/detainees in prisons and jails. Additionally, she served as a special investigator for the Office of Florida Governor. Since 1998, Ms. Layman has been President of Price Layman, Inc., a criminal justice consulting firm. She has worked as a consultant with the U.S. Department of Justice, providing technical assistance and training on sexual misconduct and abuse for more than 300 jail administrators, corrections, and law enforcement agencies. Ms. Layman developed and delivers the following curricula: Training for Investigators of Staff Sexual Misconduct; The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003: Impact on Law Enforcement; co-authorship of Resource Guide for New Wardens; PREA – Policy Development Guide for Sheriffs and Chiefs, Staff Sexual Misconduct with Offenders: Policy Development Guide for Community Corrections; Preventing and Responding to Sexual Abuse in Tribal Detention Facilities. Ms. Layman continues to work across the country to assist with implementation of PREA. Ms. Layman has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Virginia Tech. Disclosure: Elizabeth Layman, B.S. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky. Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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