California adopts first ‘yes means yes’ sex assault law. Does it go too far?

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law making California the first state to adopt an affirmative consent standard for sexual relations, which will apply to all colleges and universities that accept state funding.

By Daniel Wood

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law making California the first state in nation to legally spell out that “yes means yes” when it comes to sexual consent – with requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assaults.

The measure – which goes further than the commonly accepted “no means no” – will apply to all colleges and universities that accept state funding.

The new law outlines procedures for giving campus sexual assault victims confidential support and requires comprehensive prevention strategies to address sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. It also states that consent cannot be given if someone is asleep or incapacitated by drugs or alcohol.

Click here to read the article at The Christian Science Monitor.