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April 5, 2019

Who can get a sexual abuse restraining order? Can a minor get an order?

You can file for a sexual abuse restraining order if you are the victim of sexual abuse. You can also file on behalf of an unemancipated minor if you are the minor’s parent or guardian.1 A minor is “unemancipated” if s/he is under the age of 18 and has not gone through the court process to be “emancipated,” which is when the judge decides that s/he is a legal adult even though s/he is under age 18.

1 IA ST § 236A.3(1)