Nothing justifies sexual assault, and all survivors deserve a path to healing.

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In the year 2013 alone around 200,000 individuals in the United States experienced sexual abuse while incarcerated in prisons, jails, or other detention facilities, according to a study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

how we help

CVTC’s PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) Program is dedicated to providing support to incarcerated survivors of sexual violence, no matter where they are in their healing process. We are one of six New York PREA Program pilot sites offering therapeutic support to survivors across the state under the regulations set by the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003.

We provide crisis intervention, trauma-focused counseling, and advocacy within the system for survivors who choose to come forward. We connect with survivors by phone and mail, so they can pick the way to connect that feels safest to them.

Our PREA Hotline is answered six days a week by certified New York State Rape Crisis Counselors, and our therapists provide ongoing healing support so survivors can begin to process what happened and learn tools to cope with their experience. We also work closely with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to strengthen prevention and response protocol, and to advocate for policies which meet survivors’ needs.

sexual abuse in prison

Sexual abuse in prison is perpetrated both by staff and by inmates, and includes rape and sexual assault as well as unwanted sexual comments or harassment based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Those who’ve survived traumas earlier in their lives may also find past memories triggered by the difficult experience of incarceration.

Incarcerated survivors face unique challenges. It can be challenging to figure out how best to stay safe when the person who hurt you works or lives in the same prison where you’re serving time, or how to regain a sense of control after an assault when incarceration takes many choices away. Incarcerated survivors also have limited access to the resources and support – contact with friends or family, or access to supportive professionals – which survivors in all communities depend on.

If you are currently incarcerated and interested in speaking with a counselor, call our hotline at:

If you were previously incarcerated, and are interested in therapy to process traumatic experiences, you can call us at 212-523-4728 to schedule an intake with one of our clinicians.