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Updated: 
December 15, 2018

Who is eligible for a non-domestic sexual assault personal protection order?

A non-domestic sexual assault personal protection order (PPO) can be issued against someone who is not a family or household member who has committed sexual assault against you or threatened sexual assault against you. In addition, a minor may be eligible to apply against someone who gave him/her obscene material. (Note: If you have one of the domestic relationships described here, you would file for a domestic relationship PPO instead.)

You may be eligible to file for a non-domestic sexual assault personal protection order if any of the following are true:

  • s/he has been convicted of a sexual assault against you;1
  • s/he has subjected you to, threatened you with, or placed you in reasonable fear of sexual assault but has not been convicted for doing so;2
  • s/he has previously been convicted of giving you (if you are a minor) obscene material;1 or
  • s/he has given you (if you are a minor) obscene material but has not been convicted for doing so.2 (Note: Obscene material is defined as written material containing obscene language, or obscene prints, pictures, figures or descriptions that could “corrupt a child’s morals.” You can read the full definition on our MI Statutes page).

1 MCL § 600.2950a(2)(a)
2 MCL § 600.2950a(2)(b)