Zero Tolerance Policy
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office has a zero tolerance policy towards all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment within any Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office facility. We continually work to prevent and detect any such activity while immediately responding to all allegations. We fully investigate all alleged incidents in accordance with our standards and policies. Violators will be referred for prosecution.
What is PREA?
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a federal law that prohibits and seeks to eliminate sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and sexual harassment in confinement. The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office has a zero tolerance policy and strives to provide a safe, humane and appropriately secure environment, free from threat of sexual abuse for all staff and offenders. We maintain a program of prevention, detection, response, reporting, investigating and tracking of all alleged and substantiated incidents of sexual abuse.
◾You have the right to report sexual abuse privately, safely, and through multiple channels.
What is Sexual Abuse?
Sexual abuse includes sexual abuse of an inmate, detainee, or resident by another inmate, resident, staff member, contractor, or volunteer.
Abuse by Another Inmate
Sexual abuse by another inmate includes any of the following acts, if the victim does not consent, is coerced into such act by overt or implied threats of violence, or is unable to consent or refuse:
◾Contact between the penis and the vulva or penis and the anus including penetration however slight.
Abuse by Anyone Else
◾Contact between the penis and the vulva or penis and the anus including penetration however slight or contact between the mouth and the penis, vulva, or anus.
◾Repeated and unwelcome sexual advances requests for sexual favors or verbal comments, gestures, or actions of a derogatory or offensive nature by one inmate, directed towards another.
Reporting Sexual Abuse
Inmates in any LPSO facility are encouraged to immediately report allegations of sexual abuse or sexual assault to staff. Multiple channels are available to you to report sexual abuse or sexual assault.
Offenders can make reports
by Dialing 9 on Telmate Phone System
a grievance can also be made by writing to:
Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office
P.O. Box 3508
Lafayette, LA, 70502
Hearts of Hope
P.O. Box 53967
Lafayette, LA, 70505