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Publication Sexual Violence Reported by Correctional Authorities, 2005

Allen J. Beck, Ph.D., Paige M. Harrison, Bureau of Justice Statistics

July 30, 2006    NCJ 214646

Presents data from the Survey on Sexual Violence, 2005, an administrative records collection of incidents of inmate-on-inmate and staff-on-inmate sexual violence reported to correctional authorities. The report provides counts of sexual violence, by type, for adult prisons, jails, and other adult correctional facilities. The report provides an indepth analysis of substantiated incidents, including where the incidents occur, time of day, number and characteristics of victims and perpetrators, nature of the injuries, impact on the victims and sanctions imposed on the perpetrators. The appendix tables include counts of sexual violence, by type, for all State systems, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and all sampled jail jurisdictions. The report also includes an update on BJS activities related to implementation of the data collections required under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-79).


  • Correctional authorities substantiated 885 incidents of sexual violence in 2005, 15% of completed investigations.
  • 38% of allegations involved staff sexual misconduct; 35% inmate-on-inmate nonconsensual sexual acts; 17%, staff sexual harassment; and 10% inmate-on-inmate abusive sexual contact.
  • Half of inmate-on-inmate sexual violence involved physical force or threat of force.

Part of the PREA Data Collection Activities Series

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Survey of Sexual Victimization (SSV) (Formerly Survey of Sexual Violence)

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