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Sexual Assault Protective Orders: What are they and who can get one?

What is a Sexual Assault Protective Order (SAPO)?

This is a court order that requires the perpetrator to stay 200 yards away from you and where you work, live and attend school.

Who can apply for a Sexual Assault Protective Order (SAPO)?

If you are a victim of a sexual assault, you are eligible to apply for a protective order against the perpetrator. Once you apply for a protective order you are the “APPLICANT” and the perpetrator is the “RESPONDENT”

How long does a Sexual Assault Protective Order remain in effect? When does it expire?

The duration of a sexual assault protective order can be from 2 years up to a lifetime.

Do I have to file a police report prior to requesting a Sexual Assault Protective Order?

No. However, if you did file a report, include that information in your petition.

Does the respondent have to have been arrested in order to obtain a Sexual Assault Protective Order?

No.

Can I apply for a Sexual Assault Protective Order if I was or am in a relationship with the respondent?

Yes. Sexual assault by a stranger, relative, spouse or friend are all situations in which you may apply for a sexual assault protective order.