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# Consent

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# burden of proof
Would it work here? New law in Iceland means rape accused must prove they had explicit consent
The Department of Justice in Ireland is currently reviewing sexual assault legislation and has been urged to provide greater protection for victims.
# let's talk about sex
'Religious groups shouldn't be involved in sex education'
Proposed legislation seeks to remove religious ethos from sex education in schools.
Opinion: 'Consent can't be delivered in the same way as other subjects by embarrassed teachers'
We need trained facilitators in schools to develop sexual competence and protect the sexual health of young people, writes Elaine Byrnes.
# second captains
Irish sports podcasts are talking about consent and it's long overdue
Second Captains decided to tackle the difficult case in their show and it was well worth listening to.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think schools should teach about consent?
Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) is mandatory for both primary and post-primary student.
# sex education
Minister orders full review of sex education in schools
Richard Bruton is due to address the annual conference of the ASTI teachers’ union this morning.
# Consent
France to set legal age of sexual consent at 15
The issue was raised after lawmakers said French laws allowed two men to escape rape charges.
# digital age of consent
It should be 'frowned upon' for parents to give young children a smartphone, politicians told
Online experts have been giving evidence before an OIreachtas committee.
Katherine Zappone: 'Students will be asked to challenge ideas of what consent is'
We need to face up to the reality of sexual abuse, violence and harassment, writes Katherine Zappone.
# Consent
Student sex survey: 8% of women have had non-consensual sexual contact in the last year
The study also focused on the role alcohol plays in young people’s sex lives.
# Consent
French teacher to go on trial for sex with 14-year-old pupil
In France, sex between an adult and a minor is not rape unless there is proof of force.
# Paris
Anger in France after court rules that 11-year-old girl 'consented to sex'
The incident happened in an area north of Paris in April of this year.
# Social Media
Irresponsible or realistic: Is 13 too young for the digital age of consent?
More and more children have access to the internet, making it difficult to protect them from inappropriate content.
'People often discount their rape because they don't recognise the different ways rape can take place'
This week’s proposals to bring more clarity to our rape laws are an important step, writes Noeline Blackwell.
# New Laws
Raping someone when they are asleep will now be explicitly illegal
Cabinet has approved a proposal by Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald to provide a definition of sexual consent.
# it's the yes not the dress
These 5th Year students from Kells created a very important campaign about consent in 2016
Introducing It’s The Yes, Not The Dress.
# Consent
21% of Irish people think sex without consent is okay in certain situations
12% of Irish respondents to a survey also agreed that domestic violence is a private matter and should be handled within the family.
Opinion: 'Rape culture does exist... I've witnessed it myself in Cork'
Journalist Jennifer Hough encountered two disturbing incidents on the city’s streets within weeks of each other.
# Consent
'We need to teach women in Ireland how to say yes to sex'
Author Louise O’Neill talks to ahead of the airing of her new documentary Asking for It tonight.
# Wales
Ched Evans takes the stand at retrial, denies rape and claims he was being 'childish'
The footballer said the woman consented to sex.
# Consent
Ched Evans rape retrial: Alleged victim has no memory of being asked if Evans could 'join in'
Defence lawyers claim the woman had ‘taken the lead’ during consensual sexual intercourse.
# Consent
There was an important speech about consent in last night's episode of The Fall
Spoilers inside.
# echo chamber
An Irish man has this powerful message about rape culture
“The only way we can fix rape culture is by teaching our young men about consent and ending banter culture”.
# Donegal
Man jailed for raping girl in toilet cubicle at disco when they were both teenagers
The man was 15 years old at the time of the attack in 2010.
# Consent
'Having sex is a fabulous thing, but in the right environment, with the right person'
Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop talks about her life, her work, consent and why she’s running for the Seanad.
"I should have told my friend his 'rape joke' was inappropriate. Why didn't I?"
Men need to start feeling more than a little uncomfortable about the issue of consent, writes Donal O’Keeffe.
# Consent
Rape victim Niamh Ní Dhomhnaill: "I don’t think he would have stopped at just me."
Magnus Meyer Hustveit was recently re-sentenced to 15 months in jail.
# revenge porn
Students' Union not happy with university top brass after probe dismisses 'UCD 200' claims
UCDSU says management have treated the allegations as ‘public relations’ matter.
# lad culture
Compulsory sexual consent classes planned for UCD following revenge porn allegations
The university is investigating claims that male students shared explicit images of female students without their permission.
We need to smash the silence that surrounds sexual violence
Compelling first year Trinity College students to attend mandatory classes on sexual consent has raised eyebrows, writes Ruairí McKiernan.
# say something
One in 12 female students are victims of rape or attempted rape
The USI is launching an awareness campaign after a survey documented the unwanted sexual experiences of college students in Ireland.
# tacking sexual violence
Sexual consent workshops to be compulsory for new TCD students
The classes will be mandatory for first-year undergraduates in student accommodation in Rathmines.
# Courts
Donegal teenage disco rape case: Court told that underage person cannot consent to sex
Justice Margaret Heneghan said this is the case even if they appear to be an ‘enthusiastic participant’.
# Mental Health Commission
'Worrying' jump in electroshock without consent and with physical restraint of mental health patients
Seclusion increased for the first time in six years, while the use of physical restraint increased by 8% in 2013 compared to 2012.
# Canada
Judge under fire for asking sexual assault victim "Why couldn't you just keep your knees together?"
Judge Robin Camp has apologised for comments such as “For a person who didn’t want have sex, she spends a long time in the shower with the accused…”
# ConsentisEverything
Video compares sexual consent to making tea: "If they don't drink tea...don't make them drink it"
‘Just because you made it, doesn’t mean you’re entitled to watch them drink it.’
# not a rapist
This student has everyone talking about sexual consent classes
“Yes means yes, no means no. It’s really that simple.”
# Senior Salute
Prep school student not guilty of rape, but must register as sex offender
Owen Labrie was convicted of lesser sex offences against a 15-year-old girl.
# Consent
"I was violated in so many ways" - Prep school rape trial sees victim take the stand again
The girl cried as she detailed her encounter with Owen Labrie.
# nursing home assault trial
US politician found not guilty of sexually abusing his wife, an Alzheimer's patient
Henry Rayhons said the couple held hands, prayed and kissed, but had no sexual contact.