If I didnt report the crime to police, can I still pursue a criminal prosecution and/or a civil lawsuit?
A criminal prosecution and/or a civil lawsuit may be pursued as long as there is sufficient evidence to prove the cases. Reporting the crime is not a requirement, although an unexplained failure or delay in reporting the crime can make proving the case more difficult. To obtain Crime Victim Compensation, the crime must have been reported within five days unless there was good cause for the delay, including the common delay in reporting by victims of sexual assault and child abuse. To learn more, click on Criminal Prosecutions and Civil Lawsuits and Compensation.