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 A2167’s efforts to strengthen and expand sexual violence training for members of law enforcement, so that our state’s critical first responders can best serve survivors. Read more from our testimony.
  • NJCASA advocates for expansion of A2154 to include survivors of sexual violence in closed circuit court testimony. Read our full position here.
  • NJCASA responded to S2478 which requires colleges and universities to adopt affirmative consent standards and develop partnerships with county sexual violence centers. Our organization also asks for the impact of the mandatory collaboration in relation to the financial resources to be considered. Read our full position here.

legislative victories

  • NJCASA has wholly endorsed only one piece of legislation relating to campus sexual assault in New Jersey – S2812/A4156, which created the Governor’s Campus Sexual Assault Task Force. As a result of the time dedicated to this task force, New Jersey will be primed to implement strong, effective policies that will be supportive of survivors and tough on rapists and institutions that protect them. The Task Force report is scheduled to be issued in summer 2017.

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.