The internet is buzzing about California passing the Affirmative Consent Law. There are high emotions on either side, some feeling as though this is long overdue, while others feel as though the government is overstepping.
In California, the Senator Kevin de Leon introduced the Affirmative Consent Law that was recently passed by Governor Jerry Brown. This law is applicable to any higher education institution that receives state funding. The law tries to better outline what kind of protocols that should be in place, as well as what programs and support need to be in place for survivors of sexual violence.
I am curious to see the effectiveness of this bill, and what, if anything happens to institutions who do not comply with this law. There is a need for more resources available for survivors, and it is important to have a support network, hopefully this law provides the push needed to get campuses into action and providing these much needed spaces.
It will be interesting to see how other states react to this, especially states with institutions that have higher rates of sexual violence.
There is a lot of back and forth going on about what the law is and isn’t, here is a link Affirmative Consent , where you can take a look at the points, and what the campuses will have to do in order to comply.
One thing I have noticed in looking through comments, is that people are complaining that this places too much responsibility on the alleged attacker. In most cases the responsibility is on the victim of an attack, where there is the need to justify what they were doing, how much they were drinking, their sexual history, did they do anything to maybe give the faintest whiff of interest, etc. I think it is alright if there is more responsibility placed on the person being accused, instead of someone trying justify why it was horrible for them to be attacked.