California is the first state in the nation to have an "affirmative consent" law also known as "yes means yes." The law was enacted to combat the rise of sexual assaults on college campuses. It is reported that one in five women on college campuses have been or will be sexually assaulted.
The law requires colleges to follow requirements when investigating sexual assaults.
The definition of consent requires "an affirmative conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity... silence or lack of resistance does not constitute consent."
Consent can be nonverbal.
Additionally training is required for faculty members who review sexual assault complaints so that the victims are not asked inappropriate questions after filing a sexual assault complaint.
The victims must also have access to counseling health care services and other resources.
This law applies to all California post-secondary schools, public and private, that receive state money for student financial aid.
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