More States Tell College Students to Say Yes Before Sex

November 24, 2014

By Natalie Kitroeff at Bloomberg Businessweek

Facing pressure from the White House and the public, a growing number of states are weighing a new tactic in the battle against sexual assault on college campuses: requiring students to talk about sex.

New Jersey is the latest state to consider a law that would withhold state funding from colleges unless they adopt a so-called affirmative consent policy in their sexual assault investigations. The policy would require students to get explicit agreement from one another before engaging in any sexual act. In October, Democratic Senator Jim Beach introduced a law that would force colleges to implement a “yes means yes” rule, meaning that sex is considered consensual only if both parties have clearly indicated they were willing...