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Laws current as of January 8, 2024

Can I file for a sexual assault restraining order if I am a minor?

You can file for a sexual assault restraining order if a person 18 or over committed or attempted to commit an act of nonconsensual sexual contact, sexual penetration, lewdness, stalking, or cyber-harassment against you and you do not qualify for a domestic violence restraining order.

A parent or guardian can file for a sexual assault restraining order on your behalf if you are a minor.2 If the person abusing you is your parent, guardian, or another person having custody and control over you, however, the law requires that you or someone you know instead report the abuse to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency in the Department of Children and Families for investigation and possible legal action.3

If the person abusing you is a also minor and unemancipated, you would instead file a complaint under a proceeding that deals with juvenile delinquency - see section 2A:4A-30 on our Selected NJ Statutes page to read the law.4 

1 N.J. Stat. § 2C:14-14(a)(1)
2 N.J. Stat. § 2C:14-14(a)(2)
3 N.J. Stat. § 2C:14-14(b)(2)
4 N.J. Stat. § 2C:14-14(b)(1)