Fine Gael Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor launching research report on sexual consent among third level students carried out by the NUI Galway SMART Consent research team in collaboration with four other colleges.
In a survey of 2,150 students, 71% of women and 63% of men said they were not satisfied with the sexual education they received at school.
The survey also revealed that male students are f’our times more likely than females to watch porn a number of times a week’.
To mark Pride Week, Solidarity–People Before Profit Paul Murphy joined representatives of LGBTQ groups in Ireland to appeal to the Toaiseach not to hold up the Sex Education Bill which would remove religious ethos from the RSE curriculum.
The legislation, which is at the committee stage, is a private member’s Bill – providing for education about consent, contraception, abortion, sexuality and gender issues – and will perish without mainstream political support.
Above from left: Director of Shout Out Bella Fitzpatrick, UCD Students’ Union LGBTQ Coordinator Adrasteia Hughes, VP Dublin Region USI Aisling Cusack , Paul Murphy, Radical Queers Resist’s Erin Sterling and Act Up’s Davy Sulivan.
Great news! Solidarity’s Objective Sex Education Bill has been passed at the first stage vote. It will now go on to be debated at Committee stage. Thanks to everyone who contacted their TDs to support it. #SexEdBillpic.twitter.com/nEHLB7K1Xv