Not all Guys are like that

At 15 a boy told me that if I really liked him, I’d fool around with him. Afterwards, he said he only saw me as a friend, but we should still have sex sometime. But not all guys are like that. My first time going to a nightclub, I was pushed into dancing with a…

On the Limits of ‘Yes means Yes’ Campaigns

Talking about consent, as well as rape culture, is incredibly important. According to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men will experience sexual assault in their lifetime. There have been many attempts to raise awareness and attempts to prevent sexual assault and rape. Sex positive feminism’s ‘Yes means…

How We Prevent Sexual Assault Simply Isn’t Working

*Trigger warnings: rape, rape culture, sexual assault* Last week, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland hosted a series of talks and workshops to mark National Sexual Health Awareness Week. I had the privilege of attending the talk on sexual assault called ‘Preventing violence: From Information to Transformation’, given by ClÍona Saidlear of the Rape…

USI ‘Say Something’ Report

Yesterday, the USI launched the Say Something report, based on surveys taken by students in Irish third level institutions earlier this year. The survey looked into students’ experiences with harassment, stalking, violence and sexual assault, focusing largely on their experiences while on campus. One of the main issues with harassment and assault is the lack…