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Q: can you file a sexual assault report after 5 years?

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A: There is no time limit on filing a sexual assault report with the local police department. The district attorney will consider when the assault occurred and the amount of evidence available in deciding whether to prosecute, and there may be a Statute of Limitations in your state if you want to sue for civil damages. However, it is always a good idea to file a report so that the police will have all of the information, in case it occurs again to you or someone else.

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