Students across Ireland have been engaging with the It Stops Now campaign this week in a roadshow held in conjunction with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).
Students unveiled the campaign mural in the University of Limerick (UL) on Monday, 11 February, and Dublin City University (DCU) and the National College of Ireland (NCI) on Wednesday, 13 February, while the USI roadshow reached the Technological University (TU) Dublin, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Sligo Institute of Technology throughout the week also.
Sexual violence and harassment has no place on our campus.— University Of Limerick (@UL) February 11, 2019
Today UL and @UL_StudentLife unveiled a mural on campus to mark launching our part of the EU-wide #ItStopsNow campaign, demanding a zero-tolerance approach to sexual violence and harassment on university campuses. pic.twitter.com/QX9qzbgot6
Numerous higher education institutes across Ireland are currently hosting their Sexual Health and Awareness Guidance (SHAG) or Keep It Safe and Sexy (KISS) Weeks, highlighting issues of consent and healthy relationships with students.
The USI roadshow visits four institutes during SHAG Week, informing students about the importance of consent and promoting the It Stops Now campaign as part of this. As well as the mural, the USI is sharing 'It Stops Now stickers and posters at its information stalls and encouraging students to get involved in the campaign.
President of the USI, Síona Cahill, said “SHAG Week is one of the most important campaigns in the student calendar year. Being intimate with someone should be an amazing experience when you’re ready, but it’s an experience we’re often afraid of talking about – so for USI SHAG 2019, we’re focusing on how communication is genuinely essential for healthy, pleasurable and safe sex – every time”.
Tara Brown, Project Coordinator for the ‘It Stops Now’, stated, “Every student has the right to an education free from sexual violence and harassment. ‘It Stops Now’ is based on the reality of student experiences, the majority of whom are women, and aims to empowers students and universities to challenge the victim-blaming and toxic behaviours which feed a sexual violence culture. Universities play a vital role in changing cultural norms as the values students take from their experience here will shape a safer, more equal society for everyone.”
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