California bill requiring college students to give consent before sex becomes law

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Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when “yes means yes” and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

State lawmakers last month approved SB967 by Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they handle rape allegations. Campus sexual assault victims and women’s advocacy groups delivered petitions to Brown’s office on Sept. 16 urging him to sign the bill.

De Leon has said the legislation will begin a paradigm shift in how college campuses in California prevent and investigate sexual assaults. Rather than using the refrain “no means no,” the definition of consent under the bill requires “an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.”

“With one in five women on college campuses experiencing sexual assault, it is high time the conversation regarding sexual assault be shifted to one of prevention, justice, and healing,” de Leon said in lobbying Brown for his signature.

The legislation says silence or lack of resistance does not constitute consent. Under the bill, someone who is drunk, drugged, unconscious or asleep cannot grant consent.

A Man is alleged to have Killed his Wife then  played with his young son one last time then smothered him

A FATHER killed his wife after a drunken argument then played with his son before smothering the two-year-old with a pillow, a court heard yesterday.

Garry Lockhart denies murdering Janet, 29, and son Michael in their home in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian.

Earlier in the trial at the High Court in Edinburgh, lawyers confirmed the funeral parlour worker had admitted causing their deaths.

Lockhart, 33, had also admitted he killed them after a “drunken argument” with his wife on December 28, 2013.

Yesterday, the court saw a video of a police interview in which Lockhart admitted he had strangled his wife after returning home drunk at 2am.

Lockhart told Detective Constable Stuart Robertson how Janet, who worked at Tesco, had confronted him because she was due to start work at 4am.

She had been concerned that Lockhart, who had drunk six pints and “numerous shorts”, was so drunk he would not wake if Michael got up.

He said: “I just snapped. I had my hands on her neck, she was facing me, but then she sunk her teeth into my arm. To counter that I turned her round so she couldn’t bite me. I tightened my grip until that was it.”

He told DC Robertson: “I was concerned about Michael growing up with one parent in jail and one parent dead. The only way I could see out of it was if all three of us went.”

Lockhart said when Michael woke up in the morning, he took him through to the main bedroom.

He said: “I talked to him and played with him, just the usual, and then I put the pillow over him, he struggled and then he passed out.”

The video footage saw Lockhart claim he then found two knives to commit suicide, but was worried about getting blood on their bodies.

He bought paracetamol and began taking handfuls, but became sick, and decided to drive to a bridge and jump to his death, or crash his car.

PC Sean Anderson, 45, earlier told the trial he found a disorientated Lockhart in his car in a lay-by between Penicuik and Peebles.

Lockhart’s defence solicitor advocate, Brian Gilfedder, had offered guilty pleas to the murder of Janet and the culpable homicide of Michael due to diminished responsibility, but this was rejected by the Crown.

The trial was adjourned till next week.

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