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 Lakeside Academy
Lakeside 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 Lakeside Academy student. The primary responsibility of all
Lakeside Academy employees is student safety.
Lakeside Academy designates a PREA Compliance Officer with sufficient time and authority to develop, implement, and oversee agency
efforts to comply with the PREA standards. Lakeside Academy investigates each incident of alleged or reported sexual abuse or sexual
assault/rape to the fullest extent possible in cooperation with the State of Michigan Bureau of Child and Adult Licensing, Child
Protective Services and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.
How to report
Family, friends and community advocates can report allegations of sexual abuse, sexual harassment and retaliation by contacting:
Lakeside Academy PREA Compliance Officer
3921 Oakland Dr.
Kalamazoo, MI 490088
Sequel PREA Coordinator
1131 Eagletree Lane
Hunstville, AL 35801