SECTION 1. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in consultation with the Department of Public Health, must assist districts and charter schools in developing and implementing a consent program to prevent and reduce the incidence of sexual assault. Each district must have an evidence-based, multiple-session program that includes age-appropriate instruction on consent in grades K-12.
SECTION 2. "Consent" as used in this section means affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. It is a responsibility of each person involved in sexual activity to ensure that the other or others consent to engage in the sexual activity. Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent. Consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time. The existence of a dating relationship between the persons involved, or the fact of past sexual relations between them, should never by itself be assumed to be an indicator of consent.
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