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December 3, 2020

Can a minor file for a sexual assault protection order?

Only a minor who is 16 or over and has been the victim of nonconsensual sexual conduct or penetration (and does not qualify for a domestic violence protection order) can file for a sexual assault protection order. Anyone who is 16 years old or older does not need to have a guardian or a guardian ad litem to file for the protection order. However, the judge may appoint a guardian ad litem (at no cost) to represent the minor if the judge thinks it is necessary.1

1 R.C.W. § 7.90.040(2)-(4)