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Oregon Senate unanimously approves bill for longer sexual assault protective orders

SALEM, Oregon — Protective orders for victims of sexual assault would be extended significantly under a bill passed by the Oregon Senate.

This bill would extend sexual assault protective orders from 1 to 5 years.

“This will save money and time and anxiety for the survivor,” Senator Sara Gelser (D-Corvalis) said.

She added it also closes a loophole if the order cannot be served.

“You would no longer be able to just avoid the service deliveries and have that work to your benefit,” Gelser explained.

Gelser said currently, victims have to petition to have protective orders extended every year.  This bill allows an order to be extended for five years and if the person is convicted the order can be made permanent.

The Oregon Senate passed the bill unanimously and now moves to the state House of Representatives.


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