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Q: What Happenes in a P.R.E.A. case and is it even worth pursuing

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A: A Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) case involves allegations of sexual abuse or harassment that occur within a correctional facility. Pursuing a PREA case is important as it addresses violations of inmates' rights to be free from sexual misconduct while incarcerated.

To pursue a PREA case, you should first report the incident to the facility's staff or authorities, ensuring it's documented. An investigation will then be initiated to determine the validity of the allegations. Cooperation with investigators and providing any evidence or witnesses is crucial during this process.

If the investigation confirms the abuse or misconduct, appropriate disciplinary actions should be taken against the perpetrator. In some cases, criminal charges may also be filed against the offender.

Whether it's worth pursuing a PREA case depends on the severity of the misconduct and your personal circumstances. Pursuing justice and holding offenders accountable is essential, but it can be emotionally challenging. Consulting with an attorney experienced in PREA cases can help you understand your options and make an informed decision about proceeding with your case. Ultimately, the decision to pursue a PREA case should prioritize your well-being and safety.

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