By Sumit Passary, Tech Times | September 29, 10:13 AM
Jerry Brown, Governor of California, has signed a bill to pass "yes means yes" law in a bid to reduce sex assault cases in college campuses.
Under the "yes means yes" law, students must give an "affirmative consent" before engaging in any sexual activity. The law will apply to public colleges as well as other institutions, which receives state funding for student support.
Sex-related crimes have been on the rise in the last few years on college campuses and reports suggest that one in every five college students are sexually assaulted during their time at college. The latest legislation describes consent as "an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity."
The law also states that silence of an individual or absence of resistance does not mean consent. The law also states that alcohol and drugs do not excuse unsolicited sexual activity.
The new legislation is aimed to reduce sexual offences on U.S. college campuses and also highlights the requirement of sufficient training for faculty members who review sexual harassment cases. The law also requires a victim to have health services and counseling available to them.