An unfortunate reality of university life at present is the prevalence of sexual assault. According to a 2020 study of sexual experiences, 29% of females, 10% of males and 28% of non-binary students reported non-consensual penetration during their time in college. A 2018 survey completed in NUIG reveals staggering percentages of students reporting sexual harassment and hostility during their time in university, particularly women. Given how startling the statistics surrounding the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in university are, one may be left wondering how to combat these issues on campus.
Thankfully, Dr Louise Crowley of UCC Law developed the Bystander Intervention Programme, which aims to address the prevalence of sexual harassment and violence both on and off campus by empowering students to recognise unacceptable behaviour and to intervene accordingly. Registration for the Bystander Intervention programme is now open to all staff and students in UCC.Read on uccexpress.ie