California bill proposes ‘verbal or written consent’ before sex on college campus
A newly amended bill from a California lawmaker would require college kids to stop in the middle of an intense hook-up sense to “establish verbal or written consent” before boning on campus.
Amended last week by state Sen. Kevin de Leon, bill SB 967 would mandate Cali college kids obtain “an affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.” Grunt once if you want this inside you.
“Obviously, there is a problem,” Senator de Leon said, “SB 967 will change the equation so the system is not stacked against survivors by establishing an affirmative consent policy to make it clear that only ‘yes’ means ‘yes.'” The bill comes on the heels of a U.S. Department of Education list released last week that named 55 schools facing federal probes into the way they handled sexual assault cases on campus.
This bill is fine in theory but it still puts the onus on two underage humans. It also brings into question exactly what’s a “yes” besides the actual word yes. An “uh huh” in the moment can quickly turn into a “we shouldn’t have” and “I totally wasn’t sure” and hundreds of court cases will center around what words, terms and phrases actually mean yes.
To play it safe, college kids really should go for the written consent. Maybe even a text message since college kids probably haven’t put pen to paper since grade school.
[via LA Weekly]