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"Yes means Yes" sex-ed bill introduced

LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - New legislation being introduced in Lansing Wednesday would require Michigan schools that have sex education to teach about consent.

The bill would require school-sanctioned sexual education programs in Michigan to teach that sexual activity must be an "affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement."

It's called "yes means yes."

The idea is that many sexual assault victims say they were too scared to say no, which is why the current "no means no" legislation doesn't always work.

Language in the bill that will officially be introduced by democratic lawmakers Wednesday requires that students be taught that each individual involved in sexual activity has the responsibility to obtain consent and that lack of protest or silence does not mean consent.

This summer, California became the first state to introduce the "yes means yes" law aimed at reducing sexual assaults.

Over the last few months Michigan has been working to stop assaults, especially on college campuses, including introducing new programs and holding the first ever state-wide summit on the issue.

Lawmakers also set aside $500,000 in the up-coming budget to help improve education and efforts to prevent assaults.

This new law being introduced Wednesday could be part of it.

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