Law & Legislation

NJ Laws

Sex crimes in New Jersey fall under Title 2C of the NJ Criminal Code. According to NJ Law, sexual assault is defined as any sexual penetration, no matter how slight, without the victim’s consent or with a victim who is unable to consent. For more information on sexual violence crimes in New Jersey, read the comprehensive list of statutes.

  • There is no statute of limitations on reporting a sexual assault to police. You can report at any time.

  • The collection and preservation of time-sensitive medical forensic evidence is restricted to a five-day window. For assistance, please contact your local sexual violence service organization.

Legislative Efforts

NJCASA advocates for policies that support a safer, more just society. Through sitting on the Governor’s Advisory Council Against Sexual Violence and working closely with policy makers, we set priorities and make meaningful efforts toward healing and justice.

Issues We’re Working ON

  • NJCASA advocates for S3223 / A2287, which would create a Bill of Rights for survivors of sexual violence and ensure that survivors understand and access the full range of legal rights and options available to them.

legislative victories

  • NJCASA advocated for and testified in support of A2167 / S1739, which strengthens and expands training on sexual violence for our state’s law enforcement officers so critical first responders are best equipped to serve survivors. Learn more here.
  • NJCASA advocated to expand A1199 / S1326 to provide the option for all survivors of sexual violence to testify via closed circuit testimony, which better serves those who have experienced trauma. Learn more here.

Become an Activist

You can support NJCASA’s advocacy efforts by contacting your state legislators, testifying on proposed legislation, or telling us what you want legislators to know about sexual assault in New Jersey. Email for more information.