This article is excerpted from the 276-page National Prison Rape Elimination Commission Report published in June 2009. Sexual abuse in correctional environments is a serious concern with dire consequences, especially for victims. Individuals confined in correctional facilities or under supervision in the community must be protected from sexual predators. They do not relinquish their fundamental human rights when they are incarcerated or otherwise constrained. They still have the right to be treated in a manner consistent with basic human dignity, the right to personal safety, and the right to justice if they become victims of crime. This excerpt includes the Commission's nine core findings about sexual abuse in confinement. A discussion of the facts that led to each finding and subsequent standards can be found in the full text of the report.

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