Proposed Law Says You’ve Got To Say ‘Yes’ Before There’s Sexual Consent

August 14, 2014

By Angela Carone at KPBS

Three years ago, Aryle Butler was a freshman at University of California Berkeley when she won a coveted position. She would be a summer research assistant on a Berkeley project in another state.

The school year ended and Butler, who grew up in East Los Angeles, got on a plane to head to the research site.

“It was the first time I’d ever flown anywhere,” she said. “It was the first time I’d been out of the state of California.”

Butler said it seemed like a great opportunity, until suddenly it wasn’t.

While she was there, Butler says over the course of a week she was sexually assaulted twice by one of the Berkeley employees along on the project.

“It was very difficult for me," she said. "I was far away from my family, from my friends, from anybody I could talk with.”

She said during the assaults she froze and couldn’t say anything. She was immobilized by fear.

Now a senior at Berkeley, Butler is supporting a bill making its way through the state Assembly.Senate Bill 967 aims to create uniform sexual assault policies at California colleges and universities that receive public funds. It passed the Senate in May...

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