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End Rape on Campus (EROC) is a survivor advocacy organization dedicated to ending sexual violence through survivor support, public education, and policy and legislative reform.

We provide free, direct assistance to all survivors of gender-based and sexual violence on campus interested in filing federal complaints, organizing for change, or drawing public attention to hold their schools accountable.

We have assisted hundreds of students at dozens of schools file Title IXClery Act, and other civil rights complaints to seek justice and reform.

Yes Means Yes

"Yes Means Yes" & Affirmative Consent

The State-By-State Approach

Members of Congress have pioneered bi-partisan legislation that, if enacted, would hold colleges and universities to a higher standard for ensuring safety on their campuses. These initiatives are currently moving through Congress. However, many survivors are keenly aware that the sooner that these initiatives go into effect, the fewer survivors will experience sexual assault and institutional betrayal.

To this end, survivor activists are now changing laws state by state. Most notably, survivor activists were the driving force behind California and New York’s groundbreaking “Yes Means Yes” and “Enough is Enough laws, as well as the recently-signed affirmative consent education requirement for California’s high schoolers.

By packing hearing rooms, holding press conferences, writing op-eds, and organizing petitions, survivors have stood up to their institutions and successfully fought for new tools to hold them accountable.

Yes Means Yes: A New Standard for College Campuses

In 2014, California garnered widespread attention when Governor Brown signed the nation’s first affirmative consent standard for colleges to use in campus sexual assault cases. The law established that consent is a voluntary, affirmative, conscious, agreement to engage in sexual activity, that it can be revoked at any time, that a previous relationship does not constitute consent, and that coercion or threat of force can also not be used to establish consent. Affirmative consent can be given either verbally or nonverbally. Additionally, the law clarified that a person who is incapacitated by drugs or alcohol, or is either not awake or fully awake, is also incapable of giving consent.

Yes means yes is a groundbreaking effort. It’s particularly powerful because it empowers colleges and universities to hold perpetrators accountable who assaulted individuals who were either asleep or incapacitated by alcohol or drugs.

States with Affirmative Consent Standards

California: "Yes Means Yes"

New York: “Enough is Enough”

Source: McWhorter et al., 2009; Lisak & Miller, 2002

Image Description: Infographic on a black brick background. “Most perpetrators of sexual violence are serial perpetrators. two-thirds of perpetrators are sexual offenders. They commit 90% of all sexual assaults. They assault an average of six times.”

Serial Perpetrators 

Most perpetrators of sexual violence are serial perpetrators. Because of this, it’s extremely important for the safety of the campus community that when sexual assaults are reported, that they are taken very seriously by administrators.

Learn More

Want to make “yes means yes” the law in your state or the policy on your campus? 
Email B. Ever Hanna, Esq. at

If you have any additional questions about EROC’s affirmative consent initiatives,
Email Jess Davidson at