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Sexual assault protective order legislation to reach Branstad's desk

After a nearly decade-long fight, the Iowa Legislature has passed a Sexual Assault Protective Order bill that will allow sexual assault survivors to petition for civil no-contact orders against their assailant.

The Iowa Senate voted 94-to-4 in favor of Senate File 401 Wednesday, according to a press release for the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA).

The bill now heads to Gov. Terry Branstad's desk, where he is expected to sign the legislation, according to the release.

Iowa now joins 33 other states and the District of Columbia to allow sexual assault survivors to petition for protective orders against their assailant.

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