“The purpose of affirmative consent laws is to ensure that every participant is providing authentic, uncoerced, ongoing, voluntary permission to proceed at every step in a given sexual encounter,” says Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services director Brenda Ingram. “Though not all affirmative consent laws require verbal affirmation, the overarching idea is to shift the legal narrative from ‘no means no’ to ‘yes means yes.’”
Trojans Respect Consent, a new program of USC Student Health that requires all incoming first-year undergraduate students to participate in a 90-minute workshop on affirmative consent, begins on September 9. The workshop centers on practicing how to engage in conversations about sexual activity with other students. Read more at USC News.