AirTalk for May 30, 2014

CA Senate passes bill mandating 'affirmative sexual consent' between college students

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Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, talks with Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Canada Flintridge, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.

The California Senate passed a bill Thursday, which requires colleges to incorporate an "affirmative consent standard" when investigating sexual assault complaints.

State lawmakers say college campuses need a cultural change to prevent sexual assaults. Senators Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) - co-authors of SB 967 - say sexual relations between students should not leave room for ambiguity.

We know that "No means No," but is there more than one way to give consent to sex? Is this bill primarily about spurring a new attitude toward sex for college students? How would complainants prove they never said Yes, and vice versa? What's your stance on this legislation?


Kevin de Leόn, (D-Los Angeles) California Senator who co-authored SB 967

Mark Hathaway, private defense attorney in Los Angeles whose practice includes students and others accused of sexual misconduct.

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