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
- 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.
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 email@example.com for more information.