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Data Collection: Survey of Sexual Victimization (SSV)
Status: Active
Frequency: Annually starting in 2004
Latest data available: Datasets are not archived at this time.

The Survey of Sexual Violence (SSV) is part of BJS's National Prison Rape Statistics Program to gather mandated data on the incidence and prevalence of sexual assault in correctional facilities, under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA; P.L. 108-79). This is an administrative data collection based on allegations of sexual victimization by other inmates or staff that are reported to correctional authorities. The collection includes an enumeration of incidents reported to state prison systems; state juvenile correctional systems; the federal prison system; the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); the U.S. military; and a sample of jail jurisdictions, privately operated adult prisons and jails, and facilities in Indian country. Additional information is collected on substantiated incidents on the victim (s), perpetrator(s), characteristics of the incident, and outcomes.

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Data Experts

  • Allen J. Beck, BJS Statistician
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    Collection Period

    Annually starting in 2004

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    Questionnaires

    SSV1 - Federal Bureau of Prisons
    2014 PDF (211KB) | 2013 PDF (139K) | 2012 PDF (139K) | 2011 PDF (143K) | 2010 PDF (143K) | 2009 PDF (152K) | 2008 PDF (149K) | 2007 PDF (166K) | 2006 PDF (120K) | 2005 PDF (154K) | 2004 PDF (89K)
    SSV2 - State Prison Systems
    2014 PDF (217KB) | 2013 PDF (139K) | 2012 PDF (140K) | 2011 PDF (137K) | 2010 PDF (143K) | 2009 PDF (152K) | 2008 PDF (163K) | 2007 PDF (167K) | 2006 PDF (121K) | 2005 PDF (160K) | 2004 PDF (89K)
    SSV3 - Local Jail Jurisdictions
    2014 PDF (247KB) | 2013 PDF (236K) | 2012 PDF (236K) | 2011 PDF (143K) | 2010 PDF (143K) | 2009 PDF (157K) | 2008 PDF (166K) | 2007 PDF (169K) | 2006 PDF (121K) | 2005 PDF (158K) | 2004 PDF (94K)
    SSV4 - Other Correctional Facilities
    2014 PDF (231KB) | 2013 PDF (179K) | 2012 PDF (179K) | 2011 PDF (143K) | 2010 PDF (143K) | 2009 PDF (143K) | 2008 PDF (153K) | 2007 PDF (169K) | 2006 PDF (129K) | 2005 PDF (158K) | 2004 PDF (94K)
    SSV5 - State Juvenile Systems
    2014 PDF (247KB) | 2013 PDF (152K) | 2012 PDF (151K) | 2011 PDF (143K) | 2010 PDF (141K) | 2009 PDF (145K) | 2008 PDF (154K) | 2007 PDF (171K) | 2006 PDF (75K) | 2005 PDF (160K) | 2004 PDF (98K)
    SSV6 - Locally or Privately-Operated Juvenile Facilities
    2014 PDF (235KB) | 2013 PDF (150K) | 2012 PDF (148K) | 2011 PDF (143K) | 2010 PDF (140K) | 2009 PDF (145K) | 2008 PDF (154K) | 2007 PDF (171K) | 2006 PDF (74K) | 2005 PDF (159K) | 2004 PDF (98K)
    SSVIA - Adult Incident Form
    2014 PDF (329KB) | 2013 PDF (163K) | 2012 PDF (162K) | 2011 PDF (155K) | 2010 PDF (155K) | 2009 PDF (306K) | 2008 PDF (169K) | 2007 PDF (193K) | 2006 PDF (414K) | 2005 PDF (179K)
    SSVIJ - Juvenile Incident Form
    2014 PDF (327KB) | 2013 PDF (158K) | 2012 PDF (145K) | 2011 PDF (136K) | 2010 PDF (138K) | 2009 PDF (219K) | 2008 PDF (151K) | 2007 PDF (151K) | 2006 PDF (192K) | 2005 PDF (179K)
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    Methodology

    The Survey of Sexual Victimization, formerly known as The Survey of Sexual Violence,  (SSV) is an administrative data collection based on allegations of sexual victimization by other inmates or staff that are reported to correctional authorities. Additional information is collected on substantiated incidents on the victim(s), perpetrator(s), characteristics of the incident, and outcomes. The collection includes an enumeration of incidents reported to state prison systems, state juvenile correctional systems, the federal prison system, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. military, and a sample of jail jurisdictions, privately operated adult prisons and jails, and facilities in Indian country. Because the methodology changed slightly each year and varied between youth and adult collections, see the Methodology section in each report for additional details.

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    Changes Over Time

    In 2005, BJS began gathering information on substantiated incidents of sexual victimization.

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    Publications & Products

    The following publications and products were generated by BJS using data from this collection.

    PREA Data Collection Activities, 2015 The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA; P.L. 108-79) requires the Attorney General to submit to Congress, not later than June 30 of each year, a report on the activities of BJS for the preceding calendar year.
      PDF (348K) | ASCII file (17K)
    Part of the PREA Publications Series

    Bureau of Justice Statistics receives policy impact award WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and its data collection agents will receive the 2014 Policy Impact Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) for their innovative and salient efforts to measure sexual victimization in correctional facilities under the Prison Rape Elimination Act, 2003 (PREA).
      Press Release | PDF
    Part of the PREA Publications Series

    PREA Data Collection Activities, 2014 The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (P.L. 108-79) requires the Attorney General to submit to Congress, not later than June 30 of each year, a report on the activities of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) for the preceding calendar year.
      PDF (439K) | ASCII file (17K)
    Part of the PREA Publications Series

    Sexual Victimization Reported by Adult Correctional Authorities, 2009–11 Presents counts of nonconsensual sexual acts, abusive sexual contacts, staff sexual misconduct, and staff sexual harassment reported to correctional authorities in adult prisons, jails, and other adult correctional facilities in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
      Press Release | PDF (985K) | ASCII file (43K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 37K)
    Part of the PREA Publications Series

    Survey of Sexual Violence in Adult Correctional Facilities, 2009–11 - Statistical Tables Presents jurisdiction- and facility-level counts of allegations and substantiated incidents of nonconsensual sexual acts, abusive sexual contacts, staff sexual misconduct, and staff sexual harassment reported by correctional authorities in adult prisons, jails, and other correctional facilities in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
      Press Release | PDF (720K) | ASCII file (21K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 34K)
    Part of the PREA Publications Series

    Survey of Sexual Violence in Adult Correctional Facilities, 2009–11 - Statistical Tables ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL VICTIMIZATION IN PRISONS AND JAILS ROSE FROM 2009 TO 2011; SUBSTANTIATED INCIDENTS REMAINED STABLE
      Press Release
    Part of the PREA Publications Series

    Sexual Victimization Reported by Adult Correctional Authorities, 2009-11 ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL VICTIMIZATION IN PRISONS AND JAILS ROSE FROM 2009 TO 2011; SUBSTANTIATED INCIDENTS REMAINED STABLE
      Press Release
    Part of the PREA Publications Series

    PREA Data Collection Activities, 2012 The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA; P.L. 108-79) requires the Attorney General to submit to Congress, not later than June 30 of each year, a report on the activities of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) for the preceding calendar year.
      PDF (388K) | ASCII file (23K)
    Part of the PREA Data Collection Activities Series

    PREA Data Collection Activities, 2011 The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA; P.L. 108-79) requires the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to carry out, for each calendar year, a comprehensive statistical review of the incidence and effects of prison rape in randomly selected federal, state, and county correctional facilities.
      PDF (470KB) | ASCII file (14KB)
    Part of the PREA Data Collection Activities Series

    Sexual Victimization Reported by Adult Correctional Authorities, 2007-2008 Examines 2007 and 2008 data from the Survey of Sexual Violence (SSV). Conducted since 2004, the SSV is an annual collection of official records on incidents of inmate-on-inmate and staff-on-inmate sexual victimization.
      Press Release | PDF (692K) | ASCII file (94K) | Spreadsheets (Zip format)
    Part of the PREA Publications Series

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