California Bill Would Criminalize Sex Between College Students Without Written or Verbal Consent

If this isn’t fertile ground for legal troublemaking, I don’t know what is. A California Democrat, Kevin de Leon, has proposed a bill that would criminalize sex between college students without written or verbal consent.


When Antioch College tried this in the 90s, they became a national laughingstock. Yes, consent is essential, and campus rape of any kind is deplorable. But the idea of treating sex the same way we treat leasing agreements is absurd. (Just a tip for college students: if you feel like you need written consent from your “partner” just to avoid legal trouble, you shouldn’t be having sex in the first place.)

A newly amended bill from a California lawmaker would require college students to stop in the heat of passion and establish verbal or written consent before having sex anywhere on campus, reports L.A. Weekly…SB 967, amended last week by state Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), would mandate that college students obtain “an affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.”

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released a list of 55 schools that face federal probes into their handling of sexual assault cases. De Leon said his bill is meant to confront sexual assault problems head-on…“Obviously, there is a problem,” he said in the report. “SB 967 will change the equation so the system is not stacked against survivors by establishing an affirmative consent policy to make it clear that only ‘yes’ means ‘yes.’”

Why not just require a notarized letter from an attorney, or better yet, a license? If we’re going to go this far, maybe college kids who want to have sex should go to a DMV-like office to get permission. Ridiculous.

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