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Affirmative Consent is just not practical


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A new law requires California public Colleges and universities to proceed with the affirmative consent standard “Yes Means Yes.” The policy requires students to have ongoing consent from both parties throughout a sexual encounter.
The bill defines affirmative consent between college students engaging in a sexual encounter. They will be required to speak the word “Yes”; repeating; at each step of a sexual encounter. The law allows the consent to be revoked at any time.
The legislature requires colleges to report crimes on campus and establish victim rights, but statewide colleges failed to prevent assaults and protect the victim with victim rights in place and the state’s “Legislative Women’s Caucus, a group of women legislators which advocates on behalf of women” believe students deserve better. In the past the majority of campuses had no program to deal with young women traumatized by sexual assault who needed services. Sometimes the perpetrator was on campus or in the same classroom as the victim.
The law is vague and excessive. Some students question whether they need to check their relationship status every five minutes to make sure their partner still says “Yes.” That would seem too much for students and definitely kill an intimate moment. Some say this consent would lead to false accusation, such as when a break-up occurs and one is hurt, an individual could use this policy to lie and get revenge. Others define consent as a nonverbal cue with either party stopping the sexual encounter at any time.
The larger solution would be for students to return back to a higher level of morality, such as in our grandparent’s traditional ways of a relationship, by abstaining from a sexual encounter until after marriage. You may not even like that person and you have given a personal part of your body. It makes better sense to save that encounter for someone who really matters in your life. Higher education students have the ability to use their brain and a heart together in an effort to reduce campus violence statistic.
Another solution would be harsher punishment for violators, not only legal sanctions, but also dismissal from college and all students rights forfeited including graduation. Revoke their driver’s license and make them pay restitution or pay for the victim’s relocation and college tuition.
Colleges can only do their part to encourage mutual consent, if individuals do not comply, or change their way of morality sexual violence will continue at an alarming rate.

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One Response to “Affirmative Consent is just not practical”

  1. Desiree Ortiz on January 19th, 2015 11:41 am

    I think this Affirmative Consent Standard is a step in the right direction. I am 51 years old and have trouble in this area myself. I hope its enough, probably not. We as a family, community and nation need to speak openly about our experience to one another so we can gauge if we are on the right track or off in left field with matters of sexuality for men and women, Otherwise, Domestic Violence and Rape will continue unabated and we will be hearing of our grandchildren telling the same stories we dont want to hear. but must if things are to change for the better.

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