Recently, the state of California passed legislature as part of an ongoing attempt by various agencies, colleges, and jurisdictions to curb sexual assaults on college campuses. The law, which requires universities and institutions within the state to adopt a "consent policy," addresses an aspect of sexual assault that already plays an important role in the military's training and philosophy regarding rape — namely the necessity of obtaining positive consent from a partner who is not incapacitated through drinking or other substances.
As Domestic Violence Awareness month approaches next week, the National Football League continues to take heat on what exactly its policy is on domestic violence. It would appear until late, it didn’t really have one. On Friday, Sept. 26, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the NFL would be talking to the U.S. Army about how to handle the issue. This comes after a statement from the Department of Defense that it is reconsidering the depth of its relationship with the NFL. Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby emphasized that the Pentagon is not conducting a full investigation of the league, but inquiring about the “interaction” between the two organizations. Kirby stated that the DoD has “high expectations” for any of its working partners --- high expectations the military no doubt hopes to achieve itself as it has recently come under sharp scrutiny for how it handles sexual assault cases.