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Defining Consensual Sex on Campus

National Sexual Assault HotlineAn astounding 1 in 5 young women have been sexually assaulted during their time in school. Finally, we are seeing improvements on campuses on how consenting sex is defined. On going legal standards define women as always wanting sex, ” by requiring a woman to demonstrate utmost resistance, to report immediately, and so on.” Schools are waking up and are adopting the “affirmative consent” approach to defining rape.  California requires that all universities receiving state funds adopt the affirmative consent standard. Affirmative consent approach explicitly states that

  • lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent
  • silence does not mean consent
  • a person incapacitated due to the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication cannot give consent
  • Inability to consent due to intoxication means ‘no.’
Source: Uncomfortable Conversations: Confronting the Reality of Target Rape on Campus by Diane L. Rosenfeld

 

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