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Rape investigation underway at Marion County Jail

Posted at 4:02 PM, Dec 05, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Marion County Sheriff's Department officials launched an investigation Saturday into a reported rape at the Marion County Jail.

The rape was reported just after midnight Saturday at the jail, located at 40 South Alabama Street.

According to the police report, the victim is a 30-year-old male who suffered minor injuries and unconsciousness during the sexual assault.

The sheriff's department declined to comment because it is an ongoing investigation.

The investigation falls under the auspices of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), a 2003 law designed to prevent prison rape across the country. Jails and prisons that fail to comply with PREA face a loss of federal funding.

Studies of the prevalence of prison rape have varied widely in their results, with some showing as little as 4.5 percent of inmates report being sexually assaulted, while others project that the real number may exceed 20 percent.

The sheriff's department said no other information would be released until the investigation was complete.