By Ashley Dobson at Red Alert Politics
The University of Minnesota has become the latest school to join the bandwagon “yes means yes” sexual assault policy movement.
This new rule requires students to obtain “affirmative consent” from their sexual partners during all types of sexual activities or risk being disciplined for sexual assault, the Star-Tribune reported.
This type of rule has become trendy and has been making its way to college campuses across the country since California passed a statewide law like it last September.
Under the University of Minnesota’s new rule, this consent must be given through “clear and unambiguous words or actions.” But like the California law and other campus rules before it, this basically takes away all rights of the accused.
“Once that accusation has been made, it’s somehow up to the accused person to prove they did have consent. What that means is that they’re guilty until proven innocent,” Robert Shibley, executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, told the Star-Tribune.
And without a video of the sexual encounter or a witness — both of which are not common, Shipley noted — this could be impossible.
“The person who’s accused is left with effectively no defense,” he said. “That’s a very dangerous standard to use to determine that somebody’s a rapist.”
Students told the paper that they haven’t heard much protest to the new rule on campus.
Anders Koskinen, chair of the campus Republicans, told the Star-Tribune that this is likely because of a fear of speaking out.
“If you voice concern — reasonable concern about the process — that’s interpreted sometimes as you don’t care about actual victims,” he said.
Schools: University of Minnesota