- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Gov. Matt Mead has signed into law a bill creating protective orders for sexual assault victims.

The new law takes effect July 1.

While victims of domestic violence and stalking can obtain court orders, no provision had existed for sexual assault victims.

In a signing ceremony Thursday, Mead said the law is important and he credited the role Erin Valenti, of Laramie, with helping to get the law passed.

Valenti had told her story about being raped at gunpoint and not being able to get a protective order when her attacker is released from prison.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1KubxBi ) that the new protection orders will last six months but can be renewed for up to a year.

There are no requirements that anyone involved be charged with a crime.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com



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