Lawmakers back 'Yes means Yes' training for high schools

Sep 4, 2015 4:56 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a "Yes means Yes" bill that would bring sexual assault training to California high schools.

Backers say SB695 would make California the first state to require school districts to teach sexual violence prevention in their health curriculum if health education is required to graduate.

Senators unanimously approved the legislation Friday, sending it to the governor.

The bill by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles and Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara follows legislation last year requiring all colleges receiving public funds to adopt a so-called affirmative consent standard for investigating assault allegations.

Both Democrats say the new curriculum would teach younger students how to develop healthy relationships.

SB695 specifies that students be informed about the affirmative consent law.

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