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 on: Today at 11:27:13 am 
Started by Mideast Senator and Senate speaker windjammer - Last post by President bore
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Affirmative Consent in Post-Secondary Education Act of 2015

Section 1: Introductory Matter
1. In order to receive federal financial assistance from July 1, 2015, a post-secondary educational institution (hereafter referred to as the "institution") must adopt a comprehensive policy concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, as defined in relevant regional and federal statute involving a student, both on and off campus, in person and online.

2. The Secretary of Internal Affairs is hereby directed to promote a similar agreement with the regional governments regarding regional financial assistance to post-secondary institutions.

Section 2: Affirmative Consent
1. The said policy shall be centred on
    the promotion of an affirmative consent standard in the determination of whether consent was given by both parties to sexual activity. ďAffirmative consentĒ means affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure that he or she has the affirmative consent of the other or others to engage in the sexual activity. Lack of protest or resistance does not necessarily mean consent, nor does silence. A sexual act can become an assault if consent is revoked by any party during any point in the activity and that activity continues. 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.

Section 3: Disciplinary Processes
1. The said policy shall institute a victim-first disciplinary process unrelated to criminal proceedings that may be ongoing in relation to a case of alleged sexual assault.
2. This disciplinary process must clearly reject intoxication or lack of knowledge regarding whether consent was given as defenses for the accused.
3. Affirmative consent standards, as outlined above, must form the bedrock of the disciplinary process.

Section 4: Establishing Policies Dealing With Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking
1. The policy shall include detailed, victim-centered policies and protocols regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking involving a student that comport with best practices and current professional standards. At a minimum, the policies and protocols shall cover all of the following:
    (1) Maintaining the privacy of individuals involved.
    (2) Initial response by the institutionís personnel to a report of an incident, including requirements specific to assisting the victim.
    (3) Response to stranger and nonstranger sexual assault.
    (4) The victim interview
    (5) Providing written notification to the victim about the availability of, and contact information for, on- and off-campus resources and services, and coordination with law enforcement, as appropriate.

Section 5: Partner Organizations
1. It is suggested that the institution shall, to the extent feasible, enter into memoranda of understanding, agreements, or collaborative partnerships with existing on-campus and community-based organizations, including rape crisis centers, to refer students for assistance or make services available to students, including counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, and legal assistance, and including resources for the accused.

Section 6: Outreach Programs
1. The aforementioned policy shall implement comprehensive prevention and outreach programs addressing sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
2. A comprehensive prevention program shall include a range of prevention strategies, including, but not limited to, empowerment programming for victim prevention, awareness raising campaigns, primary prevention, bystander intervention, and risk reduction. Outreach programs shall be provided to make students aware of the institutionís policy on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
3. Outreach programming shall be included as part of every incoming studentís orientation.

X bore

 on: Today at 11:26:53 am 
Started by Likely Voter - Last post by Wulfric
He will run. He will not win the nomination, but he will be powerful in the debates. I can see him running in 2020 and 2024.

You do know he'll be almost 80 by then, right?

This will be his last stand in Presidential politics, and he'll lose.
Yes, he'll be 74 in 2020 and 78 in 2024, but that didn't stop Ron Paul from running.

 on: Today at 11:26:12 am 
Started by HockeyDude - Last post by TexasGurl
Why do black olives come in cans, but green olives come in glass jars?
Racism! just another example of the darker ones being oppressed!
I need sleep...

 on: Today at 11:25:48 am 
Started by mds32 - Last post by xingkerui
LOL, try again, Gravis.

 on: Today at 11:25:10 am 
Started by National Progressive - Last post by politicallefty
Japan, without a doubt. It ranks above all other non-Anglosphere countries for me. It's actually the number one country I want to visit above all others.

 on: Today at 11:25:06 am 
Started by Dazey - Last post by Carpetbagger
I'm what many people would call a "full blown" Libertarian.  I believe in limited government, free markets, the Gold Standard, and non-intervention in foreign affairs.  So what would I have done in the Civil War?

Well, it's impossible to know for sure, but in the case that I'm around 20 years old in 1861 and live in Louisville, these are the two most likely scenarios:

I join the Union army.  I want to defend my state against the Confederate invaders and end the institution of slavery.  And what better way is there to do that than join the army?

I remain a civilian.  My hatred of war wins out and I don't join the army.  I wouldn't shed a tear over the CSA's defeat, however.

Under no circumstances could I picture myself serving under the Stars and Bars.

 on: Today at 11:25:00 am 
Started by Mideast Senator and Senate speaker windjammer - Last post by President bore
I think part of the problem is that capital punishment isn't a great subject for stimulating debate. We all have strong opinions on it which won't change, and, perhaps even more importantly, most of us have debated it to death before.

 on: Today at 11:24:51 am 
Started by bobloblaw - Last post by Fuzzy Bear
I doubt he'll drop out; he has all the money and powerful GOP officials behind him, but if he would, probably Rubio. It would have to be early for that to happen, though, because if it came later it would just go to the front runner like Fuzzy said.

I can't overemphasize the pragmatism that drives opinion regarding Jeb Bush.  He is, arguably, the best qualified Republican, based on traditional qualifications for a President, but he's a Bush, and folks have Bush fatigue.  It's nothing personal, but the GOP establishment does take note of this, and the GOP outsiders are going to harp on this somewhat.

I think a LOT of Republicans want to nominate the most electable candidate.  It's not like 1965, when RNC Chair Ray Bliss would endorse anyone who called themselves a Republican; the party is ideologically defined, and on a rather narrow basis.  No Republican running would be that out of line with the base if folks are honest with themselves.  It's the difference between the CLEARLY conservative (Bush, Walker, Rubio, Kasich, Graham, Huckabee, Christie, et al) and the EXOTICALLY conservative (Cruz, Paul).  A surge of GOP pragmatism is coming; it always is.  The GOP has always been better at playing for keeps than the Democrats.

 on: Today at 11:24:28 am 
Started by Computer09 - Last post by Snowstalker
In order:

1. Louisiana
2. North Carolina
3. Tennessee
4. Arkansas
5. Mississippi
6. Alabama
7. Texas
8. Georgia
9. Virginia
10. South Carolina
11. Florida

 on: Today at 11:23:26 am 
Started by Mideast Senator and Senate speaker windjammer - Last post by President bore
It's important to remember that maximum is by no means the same thing as definite. For example, treason currently has a lifetime ban on both voting and officeholding, but that wasn't even on the cards for most of the people tried during the disturbance recently, and even then, we have to remember that the president retains the ability to pardon whoever he wants.

I think we have to accept that a degree of vagueness is unavoidable, as every crime is unique and we simply can not cover all eventualities. That means we have to trust the court (as we do with the current rules) and the president.

When it comes to maximum sentences I'm pretty liberally inclined- I don't think that sentences should be too long in general, and, in pretty much every case which has come up over the last few years I would have preferred a more lenient or similar sentence. That said, when we put them in statute we have to have, as the maximum, the sentence that we would give for the worst variation of that crime. So, for maliciously editing the wiki, we would have the sentence for someone deleting every article on it, for example.

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