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Combating Sexual Assault and Child Abuse

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What happens when you change "no means no" to "yes means yes"? Connecticut joins a handful of states that are pushing for new legislation in an effort to combat the epidemic of sexual violence plaguing our college campuses. But do affirmative consent laws go far enough?

A new UConn study suggests the problem extends beyond colleges and into high school and middle school classrooms, with students and educators alike calling for more education earlier on as a preventative measure. This hour, we learn more about it.

We also talk to Mia Fontaine about her journey from child sexual abuse victim, to drug addict, to Georgetown graduate. It's a story she and her mother chronicle in the books Come Back: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey Through Hell and Back and Have Mother, Will Travel.


  • Gregg Haddad - State Representative, Deputy Majority Leader
  • Elizabeth Conklin - Title IX Coordinator at UCONN
  • Kellin Cavanaugh - Clinical Mental Health Counselor at Loomis Chafee
  • Mia Fontaine - Public speaker and creative strategist; co-author of Come Back: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back and Have Mother, Will Travel
  • Yvette Young - Licensed Professional Counselor at The Village in Hartford; Coordinator for the State's Human Anti-trafficking Response Teams  

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John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

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