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.
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
- NJCASA advocates for S477 / A3648’s expansion of the civil statute of limitations for survivors of sexual violence, given the impact that trauma has on reporting of sexual abuse. Learn more from our fact sheet.
- 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
- Along with Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey and 16 allied organizations, NJCASA advocated for the passing of the Safer Schools Bill (A4442 / S2917), which requires schools to disclose any past reports of sexual abuse and/or misconduct by employees if they apply for another job at an N.J. school. Learn more from our press release.
- NJCASA supported A1827 / S2171, the New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Law, which guarantees the right for N.J. workers to accrue and take paid sick leave without loss of wages. NJCASA recognizes the physical, mental, and emotional after effects of sexual violence which may necessitate time away from work.
- 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’s strong advocacy contributed to the passing of the Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act, which allows more survivors of sexual violence to apply for a protective order from their perpetrator, and we continue to work towards statewide implementation of the law. Learn more about the law and applying for a protective order.
- NJCASA endorsed only one piece of legislation relating to campus sexual assault – S2812 / A4156, which created the Governor’s Campus Sexual Assault Task Force. Learn more about the Task Force and read the report.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.