Sexual Assault/Abuse Protective Order (SAPO) is a new legal tool for victims/survivors of sexual violence in Oregon that will be implemented come January 1, 2014. I am posting the document below from a presentation I went to about SAPO a while back (PDF version here) because I don’t see this information posted anywhere else.
Oregon already has similar structures to protect victims of domestic violence (Family Abuse Prevention Act restraining order), abuse of the elderly and disabled (Elderly Persons and Persons With Disabilities Abuse Prevention Act restraining order), and stalking (Stalking restraining order), but victims of sexual violence were often ineligible for any of them. SAPO is designed to fill the gap.
I also feel that it is a major step forward for victims and survivors of sexual violence who do not want to file a criminal charge against their perpetrators. Many victims do not wish to report because we know how difficult and humiliating it would be to go through the criminal justice procedures, from evidence collection to cross-examination at the stand, with no guarantee that it would amount to anything in the end. SAPO provides an option for victims and survivors of sexual violence to access protection and validation (under “preponderance of evidence” standard, not “beyond reasonable doubt”) without having to go through the rest.
A note of caution, though: from what I’ve seen and heard, Portland Police Bureau does not have a good track record of enforcing FAPA restraining orders. Obtaining SAPO might discourage some perpetrators from contacting the victim, but if they violate it, the protection may or may not be there in reality. We need to keep pushing the police to follow the law, while at the same time working on creating community-based strategies and structures to keep ourselves safe.
DATE: December 22, 2013
LOCATION: In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth, Portland OR
As you may have heard, prominent queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz passed away this month on December 4, 2013 at age 46. I admit that I haven’t actually read entire books (though I’ve seen him cited all the time!), so I thought I should try… and have you join me.
In other words: this month’s Queer/Feminist Theory Reading Group will honor the work of José Esteban Muñoz by reading introductions from both of his books, which can be downloaded from here:
- Introduction to “Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics”
- Introduction to “Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity”
And if you find these introductions interesting, go get full books!
Be warm and see you at IOW! I’m going to bring hot tea :-)
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Download PDF version here.
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