Reform means positive change for victims of sexual assault

During the 2017 legislative session, we prioritized amending the Sexual Assault Protection Order (SAPO) Act in Washington state to better support and protect survivors of sexual assault. With your help, and the help of other advocates, survivors, lawmakers, and like-minded organizations, this common-sense, victim-focused reform was successfully passed.

These changes take effect this Sunday, July 23! What does this historic reform mean for survivors of sexual assault?

Cali's Story: Amending the Sexual Assault Protection Order Act to Better Protect Victims

Cali Knox shared her experience acquiring a Sexual Assault Protection Order (SAPO) with the House Judiciary Committee in support of HB 1384, a proposed bill that would amend the process of acquiring a SAPO. Included below is a transcript of her speech.

HB 2033 / SB 6151 Why KCSARC is Proposing Change

Improving protections for sexual assault victims

Since KCSARC’s CourtWatch program was founded in 2010, an area of focus for has been Sexual Assault Protection Orders (SAPOs). Over the past 6 years, we’ve tracked nearly 600 SAPO cases filed in King County Superior Court, and are in a unique position to be able to identify patterns and areas where improvement is needed.

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