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Senate Approves High School Sexual Violence Prevention Bill

  

(AP) - California lawmakers have approved a "Yes means Yes" bill to bring sexual assault training to California high schools.

SB 695 would require school districts to make sexual violence prevention part of the curriculum at school districts where health education is a high school graduation requirement.

The state Senate approved it Monday on a 36-0 vote, sending it to the Assembly.

The bill by Senate President Kevin de Leon and Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson follows legislation last year requiring all colleges receiving public funds to adopt a so-called affirmative consent standard for investigating assault allegations.

SB695 would specify that students be informed about the "Yes Means Yes" law.

Jackson, a Santa Barbara Democrat, says it's important for the state to teach students about sexual assault prevention as early as possible.