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 are survivor-centered and informed by critical research and best-practice standards. While we know there are no easy, one-size-fits-all solutions, we believe that our policies are indicative of our priorities. Through collaborative work with allies and policymakers, we make meaningful strides towards a safer, more just society.

Issues We’re Working ON

  • Both A5643 and A5646 serve as good first steps in ensuring that victims of crime aren’t denied autonomy over their bodies while the courts pursue criminal or civil accountability for perpetrators. Learn more from our full statement.
  • NJCASA aligns with the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence in regards to child sexual abuse prevention and urges more consideration of prevention efforts through the creation of a statewide, expert-comprised taskforce in S2707.
  • NJCASA advocates for S875 / A1711, which would create a Bill of Rights for survivors of sexual violence and ensure that survivors can understand and fully access the full range of legal rights and options available to them.
  • NJCASA advocates for SJR754 / AJR134, which would establish a commission to study sexual misconduct by staff against people who are incarcerated in N.J. prisons, including adherence to the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).
  • NJCASA is in favor of S2766, which would create criminal penalties for nonconsensually removing a condom or other sexual protective device during sexual activity (commonly known as ‘stealthing’).
  • NJCASA strenuously opposes proposed changes to federal Title IX requirements, specifically concerning the Administration’s proposed harsh definition of sexual harassment, change to geography of where schools must respond, and change to the standard of evidence used for deciding cases involving sexual violence. Read our full federal comment here.

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Position Papers

NJCASA regularly produces position papers regarding current and trending legislative issues related to sexual violence. NJCASA’s position papers are informed by our team’s expertise in the field and guide our policy recommendations.

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.