What People Get Wrong About The Yes Means Yes Law

October 16, 2014

By Ezra Klein at Vox.com

When I first looked at California's Yes Means Yes law, I thought it was ridiculous. The law redefines consent such that the everyday actions of loving couples would technically be unprosecuted assault. Meanwhile it did nothing to resolve the core problem in college sexual assault cases: one party says there was consent, the other party says there wasn't, and there's no clear way to settle the dispute. My intention, initially, was to write a column ripping into it...

Cases: California: Affirmative Consent Bill Threatens Student Due Process