There is a push to change the way colleges define rape.
Instead of “no means no,” California lawmakers want students thinking “yes means yes.”
The proposal would require all schools that receive public funds for student financial assistance to set an “affirmative consent standard.”
The standard would be defined as a clear conscious decision to have sex.
Lawmakers say silence or lack of resistance wouldn't count and that it is also not consent if the person is drunk, drugged or unconscious.
Maryland and several other states have introduced bills in the past year to push colleges to do more when it comes to sex assaults on campus, but none go as far as California’s proposal requiring a consent standard.
Critics say California is overstepping its bounds with the bill and that it wouldn't be enforceable.