Wyoming victims of sexual assault will now be able to get a protection order without the necessity of proving their case in court. Governor Matt Mead signed a bill into law that provides victims a protection order of six months that can be renewed up to a year.
Green River Senator John Hastert says it allows a victim to get protection from their assailant if they choose not to pursue criminal charges.
“Unfortunately our system is not always victim friendly and the types of things that are said in court is very hard for the victim that’s already gone through a very painful situation to re-live. And so instead of reliving that, if someone stays away from me, I’m fine with that.”
Hastert worked on the legislation for five years. Governor Mead says the bill was one of the success stories of the legislative session.