Sexual Violence Information

What is sexual violence?

Sexual Violence is any form of unwanted, unwelcome or coercive sexual behavior. Sexual violence exists on a continuum from sexual harassment to rape and can include anything from stalking/sexual stalking on the internet to inappropriate touching to penetration without the victim’s (a) consent or (b) with a victim who is unable to consent. A victim who is unable to consent is someone:

  • Under the age of 13
  • At least 13, but less than 16 years old and the actor is at least four years older than the victims
  • At least 16, but less than 18 years old and
    • The actor is related to the victim by blood or affinity to the third degree
    • The actor has supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim by virtue of the actor’s legal, professional or occupational status
    • The actor is a resource family parent, a guardian, or stands in loco parentis within the household
  • With diminished mental capacity - the victim is one whom the actor knew or should have known was physically helpless, mentally incapacitated, or had a mental disease or defect which rendered the victim temporarily or permanently incapable of understanding the nature of his conduct, including, but not limited to being incapable of providing consent.  This includes a victim who is drunk, drugged, high, unconscious, or has a developmental disability.

What is sexual assault?

Sexual Assault, often referred to as rape, is legally defined differently in each state. In New Jersey, the law defines sexual assault as "the penetration, no matter how slight, in which physical force or coercion is used or in which the victim is physically or mentally incapacitated". For the full definition of sexual assault please refer to NJSA 2C:14-1.

The law in New Jersey, which is gender neutral, does not specify male or female, but uses the words "actor" and "victim" to describe the persons involved.

Consent: According to New Jersey law, age, physical impairment and mental impairment all contribute to a person's ability to give consent. A person must be 16 years of age to legally consent to sexual activity. A person cannot give consent to sexual activity with someone who has "the duty to care" for them unless they are over the age of 18. Individuals that fall into "the duty to care" category would include parents or guardians, and those in any type of formal supervisory role. If individuals are at least 13 years old, but less than 16 years old they can legally consent to sexual activity with a partner who is not more than 4 years older than themselves.

An individual who is physically or mentally impaired, generally, cannot give consent to sexual activity. Physical or mental impairment includes: visual, speech or hearing impaired, a person with a cognitive impairment; a person who is unconscious or sleeping; or a person who is voluntarily or involuntarily under the influence of alcohol or other substance(s).

Criminal Sexual Contact is legally defined as "intentional, non-consensual touching by the victim or actor, either directly or through clothing, of a victim's or actor's sexual organs, genital area, anal area, inner thigh, groin, buttock or breast, for the purpose of degrading or humiliating the victim or sexually arousing or sexually gratifying the actor" (NJSA 2C:14-3).

Sexual Violence can happen to anyone regardless of employment or educational level, race or ethnic background, religion, marital status, physical ability, age or sexual orientation.

If you have been Sexually Victimized

  • Get to a safe place.
  • Don’t bathe, shower, douche, change your clothes, eat, drink, smoke, urinate, brush your teeth, gargle or anything else that might destroy or wash away evidence, including evidence of a drug facilitated assault.
  • Contact your county Sexual Violence Agency for emotional support, information and to learn about your options.
  • Seek medical attention for injuries, sexually transmitted infections, HIV and possible pregnancy. Hospitals and satellite emergency departments are required to provide care and information to sexual assault victims about emergency contraception and the contraceptives upon request.
  • Have your Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) activated if you wish to have forensic evidence collected by calling your local police department or dialing 911.

What is a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)?

The Sexual Assault Response Team consists of a forensic nurse examiner, a confidential sexual violence advocate (CSVA) and a law enforcement officer. The SART uses a team concept in providing the compassionate and all-inclusive medical care, emotional and informative support, along with the gathering of crucial evidence of the sexual assault incident. For the most part and significantly, the SART will help to support victims in order to formulate knowledgeable resolutions concerning their care and healing.

When is the Sexual Assault Response Team activated?

The SART can be activated 24 hours a day and 7 days a week providing:

  • The victim is 13 years of age or older.
  • The assault occurred within the last 5 days.
  • The victim chooses to utilize SART services.

Options available to you if you become the victim of sexual violence:

  • A confidential sexual violence advocate from the county Sexual Violence Agency is available to victims, 12 years of age and older, 24 hours-a-day to accompany you through all medical, legal and court procedures. A confidential sexual violence advocate is someone who has received specialized training in the dynamics of sexual violence and is knowledgeable about assisting victims through the aftermath of a sexual assault. The confidential sexual violence advocate can provide emotional support and information to you and your significant others, as well as explain your options.
  • Individual and group counseling is available at each county Sexual Violence Agency.
  • All services and fees are confidential, and are available regardless of when the assault occurred or whether a victim reports the crime.
  • If the assault happened within the past five days and you are over the age of 13, the county Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) can be activated.

Where are the services available?

View below.

Sexual Violence Contact Services

Sexual Violence Contact Information

The New Jersey State Police does not conduct counseling services; however, assistance is available from the following organizations and agencies:


Atlantic County Women's Center
Violence Intervention Program
PO Box 311
Northfield, NJ 08225
Emergency Shelter 24 Hr. Hotline: (609) 646-6767
Toll free: 1-800-286-4184

TTY: (609) 645-2909
Fax: (609) 645-8877


YWCA of Bergen County
214 State Street, Suite 207
Hackensack, NJ 07601
24 Hr. Hotline: (201) 487-2227
Office: (201) 881-1700
Fax: (201) 487-9609
TTY: (201) 487-0916


CONTACT of Burlington County
PO Box 333
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Dial "211" - In Burlington
24 Hr. Hotline: (856) 234-8888
Fax: (856) 778-3880


Services Empowering Rights of Victims - Family Counseling Services
584 Benson Street
Camden, NJ 08103
24 Hr. Hotline: 1-866-295-SERV [7378]
Office: (856) 964-1990 x232
Fax: (856) 964-4150


CARA, Inc. (Coalition Against Rape & Abuse, Inc.)
PO Box 774
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Emergency Shelter 24 Hr. Hotline: (609) 522-6489
Toll free: 1-877-294-CARA [2272]

TTY: (609) 463-0818
Office: (609) 522-6489
Fax: (609) 463-0967


Cumberland County Guidance Center
Sexual Assault Program

2038 Carmel Road
Millville, NJ 08332
Hotline: (856) 293-9753
Office: (856) 825-6810 x209
Fax: (856) 327-4281
Computer: (856) 327-6784


SAVE of Essex County
Family Service League, Inc.
60 S. Fullerton Avenue, Suite 109
Montclair, NJ 07042
24-Hour Hotline: 1(877)-733-CARE (2273)
Office: (973)746-0800
Fax: (973)748-2822


Services Empowering the Rights of Victims
584 Benson Street
Camden, NJ 08103
24 Hr. Hotline: 1-866-295-SERV [7378]
Fax: (856) 964-4150


Hudson County Rape Crisis Center
Christ Hospital Counseling and Resource Center

179 Palisades Avenue
Jersey City , NJ 07306
24 Hr. Hotline: (201) 795-5757
Office: (201) 795-8741 or
(201) 795-5816
Fax: (201) 795-8761 or
(201) 418-7017
Education & Outreach: (201) 795-8375 ext. 5269


Women's Crisis Services
47 E. Main Street
Flemington, NJ 08822
24 Hr. Hotline: (908) 788-4044
Toll free: 1-888-988-4033

TTY: (908) 788-4044
Office: (908) 788-7666
Fax: (908) 806-4725


Womanspace, Inc.
1530 Brunswick Avenue
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
24-Hr. Hotline: (609) 394-9000
TTY: (609) 394-9000
Office: (609) 394-0136
Fax: (609) 396-1093


Middlesex County Center for Empowerment
29 Oakwood Ave.
Edison, NJ 08837
24-Hour Hotline: 1-877-665-7273
Fax: (732) 549-4060


180 Turning Lives Around
One Bethany Road, Building 3, Suite 42
Hazlet, NJ 07730
Office: (732) 264-7273
Hotline: 1-888-264-RAPE [7273]
Fax: (732) 888-4776
TTY: (732) 264-3089


Morris County Sexual Assault Center
95 Mt. Kemble Avenue
ABH Box #52
Morristown, NJ 07962
24 Hr. Hotline: (973) 829-0587
Office: (973) 971-4715
Fax: (973) 290-7614


Rape Crisis Services
Long Beach Island Community Center

4700 Long Beach Boulevard
Long Beach Township, NJ 08008-3926
24 Hr. Hotline: (609) 494-1090 [Southern Ocean County]
24 Hr. Hotline: (732) 370-4010 [Northern Ocean County]

Office: (609) 494-1554
Fax: (609) 361-9653
TTY: (609) 494-0441


Passaic County Women's Center
Rape Crisis Program

1027 Madison Avenue
Paterson, NJ 07513
24-Hr. Hotline: (973) 881-1450
Phone: (973) 881-0725
Fax: (973) 881-0938
TTY: (973) 278-8630


Salem County Women's Services
Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis
PO Box 125
Salem, NJ 08079-0125
24-Hr. Hotline: (856) 935-6655
Toll free: 1-888-632-9511

TTY: (856) 935-7118
Fax: (856) 935-6165


Somerset County Sexual Assault Support Services
Women's Health and Counseling Center

71 Fourth Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
Office: (908) 526-2335 x130
24-Hr. Hotline: (908) 526-7444
TTY: (908) 218-7775


Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Intervention
Sexual Trauma Resource Center

PO Box 805
Newton, NJ 07860
24 Hr. Hotline: (973) 875-1211
Phone: (973) 300-5609
TTY: (973) 875-6369
Fax: (973) 579-3277


Union County Rape Crisis Center
300 North Avenue East
Westfield, NJ 07090-1499
Office & Hotline: (908) 233-RAPE [7273]
Fax: (908) 654-0260


Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center
24-Hr. Hotline: (908)453-4181
Hearing Impaired: 711+ (908)-453-4181
Toll free: 1-866-6Be-SAFE [623-7233]
Office: (908) 453-4121
Fax: (908) 223-1145
Outreach Offices
29C Broad Street
Washington, NJ 07882

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