What if I was sexually assaulted a long time ago?
Even if you were sexually assaulted a long time ago, or as a child, there are resources and help available. Under some circumstances, prosecuting a sexual assault might not be an option due to statute of limitation restrictions, however, the information provided could lead investigators to other recent victims and could prevent others from becoming a victim at the hands of the perpetrator. We encourage survivors to make a report or to fill out the anonymous report form on this website, regardless of the date(s) of the sexual assault.
You should know that you are not alone! Did you know research shows that only 7 to 10 percent of sexual assault victims report the assaults to law enforcement? Many never tell ANYONE. It is never too late to talk and share your story with others who understand. There are support groups and other resources available through which your identity can remain anonymous. Under the ‘Where can I go for help’ section of this website you can find information which explains the long term impact of a sexual assault and the benefits of talking to someone about the incident(s) or reporting it to authorities.
The Statute of Limitations for sexual assault varies depending on the age of the victim and other factors. In the state of Iowa, anyone who has been assaulted, and is over the age of 18, criminal charges can be pressed for 10 years after the assault has taken place.