Victims of sexual assault to receive free legal aid to keep attackers away

The Knesset unanimously passed into law legislation allowing victims of sexual assault to receive free legal aid to help obtain a restraining order against their attackers.

The bill passed a final vote with 27 in favor and none opposed on Wednesday, expanding the free legal aid the Justice Ministry provides to include the civil procedure to get a restraining order. The aid would not depend on the victims’ income.

Since in most cases of sexual assault, the attacker is someone the victim knows, the law seeks to help the victim not have to see the attacker in his or her everyday life and relive their trauma again. Such encounters harm the victims’ mental state and hinders their ability to heal psychologically, the Justice Ministry explained upon proposing the bill.


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