- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington’s Senate has passed a bill that would allow victims of sexual assault to get a permanent protection order against their attacker.

Senate Bill 6157 passed the chamber on a unanimous, bipartisan vote Wednesday and now heads to the House for consideration.

Sexual assault protection orders can last for a maximum of two years under existing law. If the bill passes, a court could also renew a temporary protection order. The extension of a temporary order has to be granted unless the offender can prove there has been a significant change in circumstances and they aren’t likely to contact the victim again.

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