College campus sex assault bill overwhelmingly passes - WFSB 3 Connecticut

College campus sex assault bill overwhelmingly passes

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A bill aimed at combating sexual abuse on college campuses was overwhelmingly passed by lawmakers before the end of the legislative session on Wednesday night.

The bill, which requires "affirmed consent," now moves to Gov. Dannel Malloy's desk for his signature.

The measure would make sex assault policies the same across all colleges and universities in the state.

When it comes to the safety of students, lawmakers and university leaders said they can't be too diligent.

"It also allows us to be more proactive conversations about sexual conversations on our college campuses," said Mark Ojakian, president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system.

Ojakian and state leaders said they're hoping a standard of affirmed consent will help them do that.

Affirmed consent is described as an active, clear and voluntary agreement by a person. It can be revoked at any time during sexual activity.

There's been a greater focus on sex assault prevention since a group of young women sued the University of Connecticut. They claimed they weren't taken seriously after assaults.

Last fall, the state received an $800,000 federal grant that went toward preventing sexual assault and incidents of violence on campuses.

A similar bill passed through the senate last year, but it died after that.

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