HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing new legislation to combat sexual assaults on college campuses. The new four-bill package would enact a new “Yes Means Yes” law, requiring colleges to have policies with clear standards for what is and isn’t consent.
The governor says the popular “No Means No” slogan puts the burden of denial on the victim.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police ID 17-Year-Old Latif Williams As Suspect In Deadly Shooting Of Temple Student Samuel Collington
“Yes means yes asks for affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity from both partners removing any doubt and increasing safety for everyone,” Wolf said.
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Lastly, Pennsylvania needs to gather data on sexual violence to improve upon how we protect students
I’ll direct the Joint State Government Commission to study the effects of sexual harassment and violence on students.
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 18, 2021
Wolf also proposes stronger protections for victims of off-campus crime, teaching middle and high school students about issues such as sexual assault and dating violence. Also adding the creation of a task force to study sexual assault, domestic and dating violence along with stalking.MORE NEWS: 31-Year-Old Killed In West Philadelphia Shooting, Police Say