Currently, sexual-assault protection orders have expiration dates of up to two years. They are the only protection orders that come with a time limit, unlike protection orders for domestic-violence victims, for instance.
It’s a loophole advocates have been wanting to close for years, hoping not to exacerbate victims’ already painful experiences.
This is the sexual assault protection order piece I did while at The Seattle Times' legislative internship, stationed in Olympia (at the capitol).
Because my story got us a tip from a reader, I did a subsequent follow-up piece with Joe O’Sullivan and Jim Brunner.
My co-worker, Joe, had told me at the end of my internship "if you weren’t sitting there, we wouldn’t have covered those things [homelessness and sexual assault].” This is the type of impact I want to keep making throughout my career, on multiple topics, and I’ve already started doing that.
Kelsey Hamlin is finishing up her last year at the UW. Though her time is typically spent telling others' stories, here's a chance to get a peek at hers.