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 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, along with Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey and 16 other organizations, advocates for A4442 / S2917, which will require schools to disclose any past reports of sexual abuse or misconduct by employees if they apply for another job at a New Jersey school. Read our partnership statement.
- NJCASA advocates for S280 / A865’s expansion of the civil statute of limitations for survivors of sexual violence, given the impact of trauma. 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 in S2145.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.