The Sexual Assault Protection Order (SAPO) Act was passed in 2006, increasing access to protection for sexual assault victims. Although SAPOs have filled a gap that previously existed, the process can be unpredictable and inaccessible to those seeking protection orders.
In this interactive webinar, participants will 1) be given an overview of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center's CourtWatch program and their SAPO monitoring project design; 2) learn about CourtWatch findings in King County and its recommendations for improvement; and 3) discuss the SAPO process statewide to identify common issues and strategies to increase victims' success in obtaining a SAPO.
Laura Jones, J.D., joined King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) in February 2010 as the CourtWatch Manager. In that role, she analyzes the data collected by CourtWatch volunteers and follows up with community and professional stakeholders to the justice system to improve the process for victims. Laura earned a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science from the University of Washington and her juris doctor from Seattle University School of Law.