SB 967: Closes several loopholes in the Penal Code’s definition of “consent” for sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault in the following ways:
- Establishes that consent is lacking any time the actor knows the other person is incapable of appraising the nature of the act.
- States that consent is lacking if the actor persists after he/she knows that the other person has withdrawn consent.
- Removes as a defense the claim that the actor believed the other person consented if a reasonable person should have known or understood that consent was lacking.
SB 970: Requires an affirmative consent standard across all institutions of higher education.
Three other bills address the reporting of sexual assault on campus:
SB 966: Protects minors who report sexual assault to health care providers, law enforcement personnel, or Title IX coordinators from being prosecuted for underage possession or consumption of alcohol.
SB 969: Provides amnesty to students who commit a student conduct code violation ancillary to a sexual assault incident if they are a victim of that sexual assault or a reporting witness.
SB 968: Requires institutions to provide an option to students and employees to electronically report an incident of sexual assault, family violence, or stalking. The electronic option must include the option to report anonymously.
— Senator Kirk Watson (@KirkPWatson) February 21, 2017
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