The new law seeks both to improve how universities handle rape and sexual assault accusations and to clarify the standards, requiring an “affirmative consent” and stating that consent can’t be given if someone is asleep or incapacitated by drugs or alcohol.
“Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent,” the law states, “nor does silence mean consent. Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time.”
So, yes this is great. BUT how utterly bizarre is it that we have to actually pass a law that says one cannot give consent to sex if they are asleep or incapacitated by drugs or alcohol.
That is just so very, very sad.
But then nice little college girls are getting raped a lot by nice little fraternity boys when they are passed out at frat parties. it is a big problem on campuses. But how very sad that we have to make a law in this day and age to make sure everyone understands that being passed out does not equal consent.
We’ve come a long way baby.