California lawmakers seek nation's first 'Yes means Yes' high school sexual assault training

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 5, 2015 at 1:50 a.m.



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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have sent Governor Jerry Brown a "Yes means Yes" bill that would bring sexual assault training to California high schools.

Backers say SB695 would make California the first state to require school districts to teach sexual violence prevention in their health curriculum if health education is required to graduate.

Senators unanimously approved the legislation Friday, sending it to the governor.

The bill by follows legislation last year requiring all colleges receiving public funds to adopt a so-called affirmative consent standard for investigating assault allegations.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon says by teaching young people about "assertive consent" the new curriculum will help younger students develop healthy relationships. SB695 specifies that students be informed about the affirmative consent law.

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson says the bill is an effort to change a culture that "desperately needs" change.

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