Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a federal law that was passed in 2003 with the purpose of eliminating sexual harassment and sexual abuse within correctional/detention facilities. The Menasha Police Department does maintain a municipal lockup where offenders are temporarily held until they are released or transferred to another facility. The Menasha Police Department is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for staff and offenders.  To help accomplish this goal, we have implemented PREA policies and procedures for preventing, reporting, responding to, investigating and tracking incidents and allegations of sexual misconduct with both a zero tolerance for violators and with minimal exposure and embarrassment to the victim.  Sexual misconduct against detainees/inmates, by another detainee/inmate, a staff member, contractor or volunteer is unacceptable under any circumstances—even in cases of consensual acts. These incidents are subject to administrative and disciplinary sanctions as well as possible criminal action.

All reports (including those made anonymously) of sexual misconduct are taken seriously and are thoroughly investigated by the department. 

How to report detainee/inmate sexual harassment or abuse
Detainees/inmates are encouraged to report any incidents of sexual misconduct. Reports can be made by the following methods:

  • Verbal report to any department member

  • Completing a citizen complain form

  • By emailing 

  • Reports to family members, friends, other outside entities who may contact our department

  • Contacting the Menasha Health Department at (920) 967-3520 
  • Friends, family or other trusted persons can make a report either in person, in writing or by phoning (920) 967-3505 and can be done without giving their name.

Providing as many details as possible will aid in the investigation. Please understand that without detailed information it is difficult to investigate a sexual abuse or sexual harassment situation. Information that should be provided includes:

  • The name of the detainee/inmate who was victimized

  • The name(s) of persons involved, include any identification numbers if known

  • Brief description of the event(s) including: date, time and location where events occurred

  • The name(s) of any witnesses

  • Your contact information (optional)

If you would like any further information or have any questions regarding PREA please call Deputy Chief Hanchek (920) 967-3502.