Some California high schools to teach "yes means yes" sex policy

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Friday, October 2, 2015
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California high schools are the first in the nation to teach a new form of sex education instead of "no means no," students will learn that "yes means yes."

So what does this new law mean for students? Essentially, high schoolers are going to be learning a lot more about sexual violence prevention in their classrooms.

California Gov. Brown just signed this new law. It means school districts already requiring a health course to graduate would also be required to teach about "yes means yes" and sexual violence prevention. Supporters say it's needed to teach teens about healthy sexual boundaries and relationships before they go to college or into the workforce.

The law also requires school districts to provide comprehensive sex education classes twice between 7th and 12th grade, update instruction on HIV prevention, address students of all sexual orientations, and add new language relating to teen relationship abuse and sex trafficking. Parents would still be allowed to excuse their child from the sex education courses.

The new law goes into effect Jan. 1, but it's likely going to take longer before it ends up in your child's classroom.

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