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Depending on the circumstances, this could be deemed either a common assault or a sexual assault. If it was kissing on the lips then I would suggest it is a sexual assault. If it was on the cheek for example then it would be a common assault.
It is correct that a charge of common assault must be brought within 6 months of the incident.
If you think the Police Officer has got this wrong then you can complain here: https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/complaints-reviews-and-appeals/make-complaint. You should complain to your local force first, there are details on the link.
As this was a kiss and it was so long ago the Police/ CPS might decide it is not worthwhile pursuing. This is because there will be limited evidence now from 1993 but also because they have to consider the gravity of the offence. I'm not trying to suggest that an unwanted kiss is ok, I'm sure it was very unpleasant for you however as you will imagine the Police have to put things in context and due to the evidential issues in historic cases will only pursue the most serious offences.
I hope this assists.
On the basis of what you have further clarified it sounds like a sexual assault.
Like I have said, approach the Police force and try to get them to review it. If they won't then you can try to complain through their complaints procedure and it will be reviewed by a more senior officer.
Police officers in my experience have only a very limited knowledge of the law so it may need escalating before someone with the right knowledge/ expertise picks it up and looks at it properly.
As I said before though, the Police will need to consider whether there will be sufficient evidence seeing as this was so long ago. Obviously the more time that passes between an offence and the investigation, the harder it generally is to prove.
I'm sorry to hear about your difficulties but if you want to take this further you need to go back to the Police and if they won't assist you will need to complain. How else do you expect to resolve this?
The Police have a solid complaints procedure and your matter will be reviewed by a different officer to the one who has previously spoken to you.
In which case you simply ensure you put sufficient detail into the complaint.
When you initially told me it was a kiss I was unsure whether it was a sexual assault. Since you have told me the kiss was to the lips and involved tongues that make is unquestionably a sexual assault.
Have you considered seeking assistance from a sexual abuse charity. You can find a local one on Google. One such example is this: https://www.thesurvivorstrust.org/
No problem. I'm glad I could be of some help.
Good luck in taking the matter further.