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California Law On Sexual Consent Pleases Many But Leaves Some Doubters

Facing what many regard as an epidemic of campus sexual assault, some colleges have cracked down on binge drinking, others have reined in fraternities, while still others are training incoming students not to be passive bystanders when they see signs of trouble.

But the most talked-about new approach, adopted by many schools in the past year, is to require mutual “affirmative consent,” and not just passive acquiescence, before any sexual contact. California has raised the stakes becoming the first state in the country to pass a law obliging every college to have a consent policy or lose state financial aid.