This article is an opinion-based piece and has been written by Trinity student, László Molnarfí. The College Tribune does not
A national survey of college students in Ireland found that 29% of female, 28% of non-binary, and 10% of male students stated that they had experienced “non-consensual penetration by incapacitation, force, or threat of force” while attending college.
Run by NUI Galway’s Active Consent Programme in conjunction with the Union of Students in Ireland, ‘The Sexual Experiences Survey’ was completed by 6,026 students between February and April. The survey aimed to document the experiences of sexual violence, sexual harassment and sexist harassment faced by Irish college students in higher education. The report hopes to inform the implementation of the ‘Consent Framework’ being drawn up by the Department of Education and skills.
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed disappointment at the lack of detail on how key aspects affecting students in the Programme for Government set out by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party will be achieved, especially surrounding the fact that there are no plans to reduce Irish college and university fees, which they say are currently the highest in the European Union.