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Updated: 
August 31, 2021

What is the legal definition of sexual assault in the District of Columbia?

You are eligible to file for a civil protection order (CPO) against a person regardless of your relationship with him/her if s/he commits sexual assault against you.1

There are several sexual assault crimes in D.C.:

1 D.C. Code § 16-1001(14)
2 D.C. Code § 23-1907(9)

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