Sexual Violence Protection Order (SVPO)

undefinedBy F. Clay Merris, Esq.

Most Pennsylvanians seem to be at least somewhat familiar with orders for Protection from Abuse (PFAs). There is also a similar, but much lesser known, protection order known as a Sexual Violence Protection Order (SVPO). This is, at least in part, because PFAs have simply been around longer than SVPOs. SVPOs are also just less commonly sought than PFAs.

As the name indicates, SVPOs are designed to protect individuals from contact with persons whom it can be proven by a preponderance of the evidence had unwanted sexual contact with them.

One big difference between PFAs and SVPOs is that, for SVPOs, unlike PFAs, the person against whom the protection order is sought does not need to be a family member or an individual with whom the person seeking protection has an intimate relationship. SVPOs can be against strangers if it can be proven by a preponderance of the evidence that an unwanted sexual act occurred. Often criminal charges will also be brought against a person on the receiving end of a complaint of this nature.

If you are involved in a situation in which unwanted sexual contact is alleged, you should contact Scaringi Law’s experienced attorneys 717 657 7770 to advise you of your rights and options.

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