On Sunday, California Governor actually signed a bill requiring that to engage in a sexual relationship the partners must provide affirmative, conscious, and most importantly voluntary agreement.
According to the text of SB967, this bill would require the governing boards of each community college district, the Trustees of the California State University, the Regents of the University of California, and the governing boards of independent post secondary institutions, in order to receive state funds for student financial assistance, to adopt policies concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking that include certain elements, including an affirmative consent standard in the determination of whether consent was given by a complainant. The bill would require these governing boards to adopt certain sexual assault policies and protocols, as specified, and would require the governing boards, to the extent feasible, to enter into memoranda of understanding or other agreements or collaborative partnerships with on-campus and community-based organizations to refer students for assistance or make services available to students. The bill would also require the governing boards to implement comprehensive prevention and outreach programs addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. By requiring community college districts to adopt or modify certain policies and protocols, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
This new law comes as a result of intense national focus on campus sexual assault, after female students at high-profile colleges accused officials of mishandling their rape cases. In further response, President Barack Obama established a task force to reduce the newest epidemic, sexual assault on college campuses.
Democrat State Sen. Kevin de Leon introduced the bill and the California legislature passed it last month.
“Every student deserves a learning environment that is safe and healthy,” the Los Angeles Senator said in a statement. “The State of California will not allow schools to sweep rape cases under the rug. We’ve shifted the conversation regarding sexual assault to one of prevention, justice, and healing.”
The bill met no Republican opposition in the state Senate, but Assembly Republicans “questioned whether statewide legislation is an appropriate venue to define sexual consent between two people,” according to the AP. A Los Angeles Times editorial said it would be “extremely difficult and extraordinarily intrusive to micromanage sex so closely.” Regardless history has revealed that however California goes so goes the country.
A Tucson company is currently developing the Sign Me Up for Sex app, which should be on the market by the beginning of 2015.