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7.31.15 | Abby Jackson
“Yes means yes,” is the popular phrase paired with the so-called affirmative consent movement that college campuses around the US have adopted as part of their efforts to end rape culture.
But behind the pithy saying, the actual policies that dictate how people must act during sexual encounters is likely misunderstood by many college students around the US, according to a story in The New York Times on Tuesday.
Affirmative consent requires explicit consent before sex, and they have been criticised for putting the burden of proof on people accused of sexual assault who must prove they got a “yes” or a clear nonverbal cue like a nod.
Many students don’t know such policies exist, according to the Times, which travelled to the University of Albany to speak with students.
The Times spoke with Tyler Frahme, a junior at the school, who wasn’t aware about the policy but expressed concern when he heard its message.
“Do you think this is a gender-neutral policy?” he asked. “All these policies cast men in a predatory light. Most guys aren’t like that.”