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New Online Hub Around Sexual Consent

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

2:19 PM - 19 Jul 2021



A new online hub to inform third-level students about sexual consent is not a 'magic bullet', but will help in conjunction with other schemes.

That's according to the head of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Noeline Blackwell.

The service will go live at the beginning of the academic year in September.

It'll contain material for both students and staff in higher-level institutions and be publicly accessible.

Ms Blackwell says: "There's been a real push to put in place systems and policies to deal with sexual harassment and sexual abuse in higher-level institutions.

"That has been necessary because it was missing before - but ideally, you're trying not to have to use that.

"And one of the ways of not having to use those policies and procedures is to have a really solid, good base of understanding, consent, healthy sexual relationships, understanding about sexual activity in general.

"And that's where this online hub is a really useful way forward."

She says one area that is still being missed is around capacity of consent.

"Everyone says 'Well of course I know what consent means: consent is yes and absence of consent is no'.

"But actually in real life, understanding consent between people involves a lot of communication, a lot of language.

"And this will give people language, information, it will allow people to apply it themselves.

"And it will also allow people to know what to do if somebody else discloses something".

And she says this'll be used along with a nationwide campaign being rolled out by the Department of Justice.

"Here is a resource which isn't a magic bullet, because it's one of a number of resources, but it will be there, it will be focused on people who are in third-level institutions, focused on students and will be useful for them".



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