Agency Policy
In 2003, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by President George W Bush. PREA's intent is to eliminate sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement facilities through a "zero-tolerance" policy, as well as through research and information gathering. As a result, National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape (PREA Standards) were published in the Federal Register on June 20, 2012. The Chester County Youth Center has Zero Tolerance for any form of sexual abuse of any youth under CCYC jurisdiction. This policy establishes standards in the area of prevention, detection, and response to such matters.

While PREA speaks directly to residential and detention services for CCYC, all employees, contractors, juveniles, and volunteers are expected to have a clear understanding that the Department strictly prohibits any type of sexual relationship with an individual under Department supervision, and considers such a relationship a serious breach of the standards of employee conduct and contract compliance, and these relationships will not be tolerated.

PREA Policy

Reporting Abuse
If you suspect sexual abuse has happened at the Chester County Youth Center, call one of the following:
  • Director of the Youth Center - 610-793-5910
  • Crime Victims' Center of Chester County's 24-hour Hotline - 610-692-7273
  • Chester County Detectives - 610-344-6866  or after hours at 610-692-5100.  
  • You may also report by completing this form PREA Brochure
Please have any information or evidence available for the investigator who will be assigned to handle the case.  False accusations may be prosecuted.  All reports are taken seriously and investigated as outlined in PREA.