Written by Helen Nguyen
Published in the November 6, 2015 issue
With increasing concern about sexual assault on college campuses, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Oct. 1, requiring high schools that mandate health courses to provide lessons in the prevention of sexual violence, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I firmly believe that by instilling in young minds the importance of affirmative consent and relationships built on love and respect, that we can reduce the sexual violence inflicted on young women,” state Senate leader Kevin de León said.
The measure will require lessons advocating affirmative consent before engaging in sexual relations. Physical education teacher Kimberley Sabbag hopes the law will have a positive effect on the Gunn community. “I believe education is key in prevention of sexual assault,” she said. “Gunn students will become empowered by the knowledge of the laws and lessons surrounding this topic.”
According to legislators, the law is the first of its kind in the nation. “[Without] action, more than 100,000 students will be sexually assaulted on college campuses nationwide,” Sofie Karasek said, co-founder of the group End Rape on Campus, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.