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California Considering 'Yes Means Yes' Sex Assault Law

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:25:42 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Lawmakers in California are debating a law that could be used in investigating sexual assault allegations at universities.

The first-in-the-nation measure would require all colleges receiving public funds to set a standard for when "yes" means "yes."

Each party would have to make an unambiguous decision to engage in sexual activity -- silence, lack of resistance, or if the person is drunk, drugged, or asleep, would not constitute consent.

This new law consideration follows a White House task force report that found that one in five female college students is a victim of sexual assault.


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