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California debates ‘yes means yes’ sex-assault law

College students have heard a similar refrain for years in campaigns to stop sexual assault: No means no.

Now, as universities that are facing pressure over the handling of rape allegations adopt policies to define consensual sex, California is poised to take it a step further. Lawmakers are considering what would be the nation’s first measure requiring all colleges that receive public funds to set a standard for when yes means yes.

Defining consensual sex is a growing trend by universities in an effort to do more to protect victims. From the University of California system to Yale, schools have been adopting standards to distinguish when consent was given for a sexual activity and when it was not.

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