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1/ Delighted to see that firm actions planned following launch of national survey results… well done to all involved @PMacneela @LouiseCrowley2 @Lornafitz3 @NWCI
2/ Very happy @DCU @DaireKeogh (our new President) has already taken steps to address #Sexualharassment #Sexualviolence on campus @DCUSU @DCU_EDI @annelooney @SanHealy @ItStopsNow_EU
3/I want to share the story of one lecturer’s experiences in her involvement with getting #Consent on the agenda at 3rd level- one of the backstories behind this progressive movement
4/ For many years I have worked closely with DCUSU’s Welfare Officers, Lorna (2013-2014) being the 1st one I spoke to. She suggested I meet #Jessie- fab nurse working in #StudentServices
5/Meetings these key contacts for u/g students allowed me gather info on actual student life. As a regular visitor to my old school where I provide #sexualhealth talks, I wanted to know what college students would like to have known b4 college
6/ A common theme emerged- general dissatisfaction with #SexEd provided in secondary school @debbieging No surprises really. In fact @DrOhiggi published in 2010 But I also became aware that #studentlife was more complicated than I imagined
7/ And results of this latest survey reveal the darker side to #studentlife - hence importance of #research #LoveIrishResearch…
8/ Having #evidence enables #action to be taken to #rectify the serious problem. Life in Uni's #reflect #society at large- worryingly @CoerciveCtrl_IE @Noeline_B
9/Higher & further education institute r uniquely placed to demonstrate #leadership 2 tackle #sexualharassment & #violence #implementing #zerotolerance #culture & #preventative measures that can drive long term societal change needed to ensure #allwomen are safe @OrlaNWCI
11/ Back in 2016 My wonderful student @Ciaraja & I had been in talks with the then @DCUSU #WelfareOfficer #DomhnaillHarkin discussing conducting a #ConsentSurvey similar to other colleges- but we had to delay as other surveys planned
12/ on positive side #DrSiobhanOHiggins @DrOhiggi told us about their wonderful #Consent #Research being carried out @nuigalway @ @PMacneela @ebyrnesNUIG & of plans to develop workshops- so good news!
13/ and we needed a plan as evidence continued to mount… worrying figures of #unwantedsexualcontact
14/ Spoke with the fab #DrClaireBohan intro of initiatives to counter this such as #Consent Workshops
15/ Timing is everything - July 2017 see the Launch of #SmartConsentWorkshopsReport…
So now @PadraigHenry & I have a plan! First time 2 meet @AnTaobhRua @DamienMcclean @RoisinODonovan5 🙌
16/ New staff member & fellow nurse @SineadMcGrath_ was also very passionate about getting something in place- #greatminds and all! @The_ISHA
17/ Thereafter #DCUSMARTConsent team was formed with great support from #DrBohan & #DCUSU
18/Sept 2017- #TraintheTrainer workshops took place in DCU- Of course as ever, with enigmatic @DrOhiggi in the house the sessions were fun, energetic & engaging. Even made @PMacneela blush at times!
19/ Volunteers ready (ish) now all we needed was students to sign up to attend! And with @DCUSU & @PadraigHenry on the case, what started out small, increased dramatically
20/ Practice sessions with fellow trainers #critical! Two students to one staff was our plan- has to be at the new student’s level- coming from their peers- us oldies along to learn a bit!

@thomasdorian98 @R3b3cca_C @SineadMcGrath_
21) Signs up/ #socialmedia on full blast- there was a real buzz & excitement around- ok- it may have been nerves! #SnapChat to alert room last minute room changes- sure it was all go!
22/ Sessions ran so well & were lots of fun! Coaxing students to dab when dab no longer cool is fun, but perseverance pays off!
23/ They may have come for the pizzas but they stayed for the comradery comedy & the serious understanding that #NomeansNo & it is ok & critical to #AskConsent. College life is supposed to be fun but we can easily get out of our depth.
25/ emphasised facts: your right- always- to decide what to do and not to do – #yourbody- #yourchoice #respect
& #consent is #OMFG @ActiveConsent
26/ & our young people got it- coming into college just as #MeToo started trending…
27/ the original #MeToo movement began 2006 @TaranaBurke & now (2017) more people were willing to #speakout @LouiseCrowley2 #Sexualharassment #sexualassults…
28/ this #gen will challenge- they will not accept #racism #sexism #homophobia #transphobia & #sexualviolence-
29/ Feedback was good- workshops were successful- Conversations were started #ConsentisCritical #AskConsent
30/ cut 2 later in Sem2 & focus groups with researchers from @nuigalway @PMacneela @CharlotteMcIvor @DrOhiggi & workshop attendees @mayme_liz 2 discuss ideas 4 more #SMARTConsent initiatives #GalwayGetsIt & now #DCUDigsIt inspiration from @sorcham12 (pun on an dtuigeann tú?!)
31/ @DCU #QuID funding enabled us to (students & me) to make some #Ed videos and they rather eye-catching badges!
32/ @DublinRCC & @TheUSI started using the "#AskConsent" hashtag which we thought was good too- and already established
33/ The success of #SmartConsent was replicated in other colleges-Launch of SMART Consent Research… @PMacneela@DrOhiggi #CharlotteMcIvor
34/ great to meet @LouiseCrowley2 & @sineadring & Learn more about @BystanderUcc - in partnership with #SMARTConsent this is the perfect fit
35/Aug 2018 –my birthday- great news from VP Academic Affairs- DCU to support the mainstreaming of this programme under the broader Staff/Student Health and Wellbeing Programme, in partnership with the Students’ Union. Further confirmation of its success
36/ January 2019 Active* Consent programme was launched at NUI Galway / March 2019,
39/ April 2019 @mitchelloconnor launched the Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions.
41/ So we have arrived with an action plan- NB to acknowledge all the people who contributed & supported initiatives- esp the #students themselves who pushed 4 change- to protect other students in the future @AnTaobhRua @DamienMcclean @ishamcdonnell @PadraigHenry @aislingfagan_
42/ and all the lovely ones who helped with vids design ideas & showed me I was right to have faith in them! #youthquake @sorcham12 @thomasdorian98 @mayme_liz @R3b3cca_C @jim_hickson @rob0tham @ishamcdonnell @femsocDCU @Clarabkelly @AreYou_Caden_Me @BurkeVito @siobhnic @DCULGBTA
43/ and why did I get involved in the first place?! Simple- for all the young ones heading to the big mad world of university life. it should be an amazing experience- not one that is marred by an event that could & should have been prevented.
46/ So happy to know @SimonHarrisTD @ActiveConsent @LouiseCrowley2 @BystanderUcc @OrlaNWCI @NWCI will ensure positive changes will happen for all our students & young people #care4all #makinglemonade
Last words- lets be more like #Jacinda #Leadership #LeadershipDevelopment
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