California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 01:03
California lawmakers pass a bill requiring universities to adopt ''affirmative consent'' language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on campuses. Linda So reports.
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UCLA senior Savanah Badalich is a big supporter of California's "yes-means-yes" bill.
Having been raped by a fellow student, she says requiring universities to adopt affirmative consent language in their definitions of consensual sex is a step in the right direction.
SOUNDBITE: SAVANAH BADALICH, RAPE SURVIVOR, SAYING:
"I had said no numerous times. But after a while, I just stopped saying anything at all. I don't think had I said 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."
California lawmakers unanimously passed the "yes-means-yes" bill. It now heads to the governor's desk for his signature.
Opponents argue the bill is politically over-reaching and could do more harm than good.
SOUNDBITE: STEVE MIESTER, DEFENSE ATTORNEY, SAYING:
"The more chances you give a sexual assault victim to talk and tell her story in different ways to different people, the more you create problems for the prosecutor and opportunities for the defense and that's what this bill does."
The bill comes amid mounting pressure nationwide to curb sexual assaults on campuses and to improve how investigations are handled after allegations are made.
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