According to an August 29 article on Yahoo; California has passed the controversial “yes means yes” law. The law forces universities to further refine its definition of consensual sex. The bill uses words such as affirmative, conscious, voluntary, and agreement in an effort to further and better define consensual sex. According to the LA Times, over 50 universities are under investigation for their handling of rape allegations. California is the first State to pass such a law.
According to RAINN (Rape and Incest National Network), the statistics surrounding rape are horrible. 44% of rape victims are under the age of 18. 80% are under the age of 30. 60% of all assaults go unreported, and a staggering 97% of all rapists never spend a day in jail.
The Bible, in the book of Deuteronomy (chapter 22) allows for the family of someone sexually assaulted to chastise the one who committed the act, as long as it is proven. In the book of Genesis (chapter 34), rape is viewed as a humiliating and defiling act. With regards to the law; Jesus encouraged followers (when answering questions) to let their yes be yes and their no be no.
100 parents (with children from age 5 to 25) were asked their opinion of the “yes” law. Almost all of the parents (93%) agreed with the law. 57% of those polled felt that the law did not go far enough. 27% of those polled felt that the law should apply to high school students as well. The 7% that did not support the bill were concerned that it did not address the possibility of one participant changing their mind and saying “no” after sexual contact had begun, and after initially saying yes.
As a civilized society; rape represents our darkest hour. The fact that so many sexual assaults go unreported makes the issue that much more dire. Should the courts adopt stiffer sentences for those found guilty of rape? Should plea bargains, probation, and reduced sentences no longer be offered to those guilty of rape?