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New Jersey Looks At 'Yes Means Yes'

Sara Krevoy |
November 23, 2014 | 10:28 a.m. PST

Web Producer

Follow a new proposal, New Jersey became the most recent state moving to require colleges to define when "yes means yes." 

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The Garden State now joins the ranks of states like California, New York and New Hampshire, who have made similar steps toward an affirmative definition of consent.

It is still unclear whether the policy will reduce the number of sexual assaults that occur on college campuses. However, the measure does put pressure on universities all over the country to change how they handle allegations of rape, and may allow students to speak more openly about sex.  

On the other hand, those skeptical of the policy urge for it to be coupled with education in order for success, as the affirmative consent standards could unfairly put the burden of proof on the accused.

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