Sexual violence - rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, online sexual abuse, stalking, child sexual abuse, and sadly many other forms - is a harmful activity that leaves lasting damage, both physical and phsychological.
DRCC has for more than 40 years worked to heal the trauma of sexual violence. But we also aim to prevent the harm it causes.
DRCC believes that one of the most important ways we can prevent sexual violence is to ensure that people understand and know how to exercise consent, whether for themselves or in respect of others they encounter.
We-Consent is a new long-term national programme to inform, educate and engage with all members of our society about consent.
Visit we-consent.ie to learn more and get involved
We define consent as the voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity in a relationship with equal power. This agreement can be verbal or non-verbal, but should be given freely by individuals capable of consenting. This means that participants should be over the legal age of consent (which is 17 years in Ireland), not incapable of consenting because of the effects of drugs or alcohol, and not asleep or unconscious. Consent should never be assumed – it should be a clear, ongoing & continuous process in every new or repeated sexual encounter.
In this section of our site, we gather all our work on consent - resources, policy, campaigns and information, as well as the stories and experiences of survivors.
Webinar: The SAVI Report -20 Years on
In 2002, Ireland saw its first ever survey on the population-wide prevalence of sexual violence. To mark the 20th anniversary of …
DRCC Resource: Healthy relationships (2022)
Relationships are an important part of our everyday life and well-being. Whether with family, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, …
Real Consent in Ireland
‘Real Consent in Ireland ' is the first national study of its kind and examines attitudes to and understanding of sexual consent in Ireland across …
Role of Consent in Healthy Sexual Encounters
Qualitative research presentation by Dr Karen Hand on the role of consent in healthy sexual encounters Commissioned by DRCC …
Real Consent in Ireland presentation
Presentation of research on sexual behaviour & sexual consent - understandings and attitudes Carried out by Adam May, Karen Hand & …
Stepping Stones to Consent
Video developed in conjunction with our youth advisory panel. This animation highlights the importance of communication around consent and how easy …
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