Dating Violence 101

by John J. Miller

A Democrat-sponsored bill in the Senate would require college students to attend classes on “dating violence.” Byran Ens of the Student Free Press Association has the story:

A new law proposed in the Senate would require universities to have stricter policies against sexual harassment and have mandatory relationship training–and some free speech groups say there are problems with the law.

Earlier this month, Sen. Bob Casey, D-PA., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., introduced the Campus Sexual Violence Act (The Campus saVE Act) which would require universities to enforce new disciplinary guidelines against crimes of sexual violence. The law would amend the existing Clery Act, passed in 1990, which requires universities to report all crimes committed on campus.

While the law attempts to define and combat all manners of sexual harassment, it would also require all incoming freshman and university employees to attend mandatory classes on dating and healthy relationships. …

One of the main portions of the law requires universities to teach incoming freshmen the meaning of sexual consent. The language of the bill goes even further, specifically requiring education on: “the elements of healthy relationships and the right of individuals to live without the fear of becoming a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.”

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