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Branstad Signs Sexual Assault Protective Order Law

It was an important day for Iowa’s survivors of sexual assault. Gov. Branstad signed the Sexual Assault Protective Order bill into law this afternoon.

“It’s been a long time coming. It really has been a long time coming,” said Rebecca Stout with the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Stout is on the legal team for Iowa CASA and she’s dedicated most of her adult life to help survivors of sexual assault.

“It’s going to feel fantastic,” said Stout as she waited for the Governor to sign the bill.

Stout has worked on this bill for a decade. As she looks back she still can’t understand why a bill like this took so long.

“I don’t have an answer to that. I think it’s perplexing to us as well. It’s just been a long road time coming but we are thrilled that it’s here now,” said Stout.

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