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Legal Information: Oregon

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Updated: 
March 6, 2020

Who can get a sexual abuse protective order?

You may be eligible for a sexual abuse protective order if you are the victim of sexual abuse and fear for your physical safety. Additionally, to qualify for a sexual abuse protective order, the following must also apply:

  • you and the abuser cannot be family or household members;
  • the abuser must be at least 18 years old; and
  • there cannot currently be an existing restraining order or criminal court order prohibiting the abuser from contacting you.1

1 ORS § 163.763(1), (2)(b)

Can a minor file for a sexual abuse protective order?

You can file for a sexual abuse protective order on your own without the appointment of a guardian ad litem if you are at least 12 years old. Your parent or lawful guardian can also file on your behalf if you are under the age of 18.1

1 ORS § 163.763(2)(a)

Can I file for an order against a minor?

You cannot file against a minor. The respondent must be at least 18 years old for you to get a sexual abuse protective order against him/her.1

1 ORS § 163.763(1)(b)