- Leah Fessler
- Nancy Gertner
- Dianne Harrison
- Sean Decatur
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Sex and the College Campus—Can Sex Be Managed by Checklist?
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Can College Sex Be Managed by Checklist?
Recently, the conversation about campus sexual assault has shifted from the previous slogan of choice, “no means no”, to that of affirmative consent referred to as “yes means yes.” But the debate over how to prevent campus sexual assault is far from over. Some say that this cultural shift has helped us make great gains in understanding what consent means, but others say this definition doesn’t go far enough, or seeks a kind of clarity that many relationships don’t have. So will checklists and affirmative consent make college safer for those most at risk, or is there a better way?
California approved SB 967, also known as ‘Yes Means Yes’ on September 28, 2014. (PBS Newshour)
An estimated 1,400 institutions of higher education now use some type of affirmative consent definition in their sexual assault policies, according to the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management. (The New York Times)
Between 80 and 90 percent of sexual assaults on campus happen between two people that know each other. (The Atlantic)
Because colleges use a lesser burden of proof than criminal courts, affirmative consent advocates argue it makes sense to have a different expectation of verbalized consent on campus. (UT Austin)
2/3 of survivors of sexual assault report drinking alcohol shortly before their attack. (The Washington Post)
1 in 6 college age men say that they would commit sexual assault if they could be certain they would get away with it; that number jumps to 2 out of 5 when the phrase “force a woman to have sex” rather than “rape” is used to ask the same question. (Acquaintance Rape: The Hidden Crime, Wiley)
Only 12% of women sexually assaulted in college report the case to law enforcement. (The Atlantic)
Most sexual assault on college campuses takes place within the first three months of someone’s college career. (The New York Times)
- What Schools Don't Tell You About Campus Sexual Assault from The Conversation
- Can This Woman Predict Campus Rape? from OZY
- Stanford Sexual Assault: What Changed with the Survivor's Testimony from The Conversation