Sexual Violence Bill Advances

HARRISBURG (AP) – Legislation would give victims of sexual violence the ability to ask a judge for a protective order against their alleged attackers. The PA Senate passed Senate Bill 681. Under the measure, a victim of sexual assault can petition a judge to order the defendant to stay away from them. A similar process is available to victims of domestic violence. The court would be required to hold a hearing within 10 days of the filing, and the victim would be required to prove they require protection. The bill now goes to the governor.

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