The Campus Accountability and Safety Act was under scrutiny for months because of an ambiguous definition. However, a clearer definition of “affirmative consent” and a sexual standard regarded as “yes means yes” has allowed for the passing of the bill. The bill also contains stronger protection for both the victim and the accused.
The bill is currently being reviewed by the governor to be evaluated, with hopes of eventually making its way into every college campus in the nation.
This bill has a strict definition regarding sexual activity. According to Assemblywoman Deborah J. Glick, the bill is “meant to reorient students in terms of how they approach sex.”
“According to data fromthe U.S. Department of Education, college campuses reported over 5,000 forcible sex offenses in 2013. A recent study, however, shows the actual number of offenses is estimated to be at least six times that number,” states the Campus Accountability and Safety Act.
The passing of this bill is the first step to helping the amount of sexual offenses that occur every day. The more the institutions follow the proper protocol in reporting these sexual offenses, the more protected our children become.