Election Day notwithstanding, the past several years have brought some progress in how we as a culture discuss the issues of sexual consent and violence. Long-rumored abuses perpetrated by famous men — among them Bill Cosby and Canadian broadcast personality Jian Ghomeshi — were pushed out into the open. The case of Brock Turner
, the Stanford student given a laughably brief sentence for a clear-cut case of rape, as well as that of the high-school athletes in Steubenville, Ohio, went scorchingly viral
. The Obama administation launched It's On Us
, a nationwide awareness program dedicated to addressing and combating sexual violence on college campuses. California, New York, and Michigan adopted affirmative-consent — also known as "yes means yes"— laws that mandate teaching that nothing short of a vocal "yes" counts as consent. In interviews, CNN's Anderson Cooper used and placed emphasis on the phrase "sexual assault" — as in, it's not just "locker-room talk" — to name the behavior Donald Trump boasted about on a hot mic.