The Californians are used to being in the advance guard of many things, including the sexual revolution. But now they are also providing the first law of its kind designed to reduce student sex assaults, which a presidential task force has found affects one in five women at US colleges.
The draft legislation also says a “lack of resistance or silence cannot be interpreted as a yes.”
It’s called the “yes means yes” law.
University of California, Los Angeles senior Savanah Badalich is an advocate for the proposed law. She says she learned “no” is not enough when she was raped by a fellow student.
“I had said ‘no’ numerous times. But after a while, I just stopped saying anything at all,” said Badalich. “I don’t think had I said no nine times versus the eight times that I did, it would have made a difference, so I just stopped talking. And that could technically be used against me without this affirmative consent bill.”