The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (Public Law No.108-79) (PREA) was signed into law in 2003 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.” Meeting the objectives of PREA is a priority of the Tidewater Youth Services Commission. TYSC has a zero tolerance toward any incident involving the sexual assault, sexual harassment, or rape of a resident. The purpose of this policy, which is outlined below, is to ensure residents are protected from sexual assault and sexual harassment and to outline the agency’s approach to preventing, detecting, and responding to such conduct.  In addition, each resident of a TYSC group home receives PREA training. Click on the link to view the training document.

PREA – Resident Training Handout

PREA Audit Reports 2016

PREA Audit Report 2017

PREA Audit Report 2018

PREA Audit Report 2019

All allegations of sexual assault, abuse, harassment, or rape will be
reported to the local police department for investigation and prosecution.

Zero Tolerance Policy

  1. TYSC prohibits and will not tolerate any fraternization or sexual misconduct between staff, contractors, volunteers and residents, or between residents. The agency actively works to prevent, detect, report and respond to any violation.
  2. Any behavior of a sexual nature between employees and residents is prohibited. Employees shall be subject to a disciplinary action under the Standards of Conduct and shall be subject to prosecution under the Code of Virginia. All staff, contractors and volunteers shall report any suspicion of fraternization or sexual misconduct between staff, contractors, volunteers and residents. Staff are not only required to report, but also may be subjected to disciplinary actions if they do not.
  3. Any behavior of a sexual nature by residents is prohibited and subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the program’s policy manual. Sexual behavior also may result in criminal charges.
  4. Consensual sexual activity among residents shall not be permitted. If residents engage in this type of activity, one or both residents shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the program’s policy manual.


Residents can participate in an investigation in many ways, including being the alleged victim, suspect, reporter, or witness. Reporting can be done several ways by the resident or his/her family member, or someone else.

1. Report it to any staff member, or

2. Report by calling the 24 Hour Crisis Helpline: 757-226-9922 or the administrative offices at 757-488-9161, or

3. Complete a grievance, or

4. Write a letter of complaint.

Questions?  Please call Ginger Ploeger at 757-488-9161 or [email protected].

There were no reported incidents of sexual abuse, assault, harassment, or rape during fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018).