Everybody wants tough laws against sexual assault and wants rapists to be punished, but an issue that is coming up more and more is, what constitutes 'rape?'
Â The state of California is considering a measure called a 'yes means yes' bill which would cover all college campuses, where grey areas frequently exist in determining when casual interaction turns into sexual assault.
Â The idea is to define what is meant by 'consensual sex.'
Â At the San Antonio Rape Crisis Center, Kelsey Banton says this is not an academic exercise, but is very important.
Â "I find that a lot of conversation that I can get to some unambiguous consent line, where people frequently aren't aware of what that is," she said.
Â Advocates for a 'bright line' defining sexual assault say it protects both women and men from being sexually assaulted, and from being unfairly accused to sexual assault.Â
Â Banton says there are differing attitudes about this, and it is important to have them defined.
Â "There are verbals and there are non verbals and those things intertwine all the time," she said.Â "They are not gray."
Â The goal of the California bill would be to create 'unambiguous and conscious' keys for both parties to know when they have agreed to sexual activity.
Â The law also states thatâ€™ lack of resistance does not constitute consent,' and consent cannot be given if one of the parties is 'drunk, drugged, unconscious or asleep.'