At GMIT, we want you to enjoy a positive culture that celebrates individuality and is inclusive of all. As part of that, we enthusiastically promote awareness around the issue of sexual consent.
A GMIT Working Group on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct and Harassment was established in January 2021.
Members of this group include students, Student's Union representatives, academic, management, and support services staff.
What is Consent?
Consent is an agreement between all participants that they definitely want to have sex or participate in any sexual act. Consent should be clearly and freely communicated and must be continuous for the duration of sex.
During a sexual encounter, a person has the right to:
- change their mind
- say they don't want to do something
- stop doing the sexual activity that has already begun
Consenting to one type of sexual activity with a partner does not mean you automatically consent to other sexual acts with them.
How do I learn more?
Understanding consent is extremely important for both you and your sexual partners. You can learn more and assist the conversation regarding consent by accessing the below resources.
Active consent classes
Active consent classes are run by GMIT each semester. The Students Union will let you know the dates and times of these classes.
To organise a session for your class or group, email the Students Union Welfare Office
During Sexual Health and Guidance Week (SHAG), GMIT host a range of active consent workshops and other events, including discussions with sex experts where the importance of consent is explored.
Sexual Consent Videos
If you are still unsure what consent means in a sexual relationship or encounter, these YouTube videos might help you understand more.
Consent and the Law
Mutual consent is necessary when engaging in any sexual behaviour with another person.
Sex without consent is a sexual offence under the law.
The Sexual Offences Act 2017 states that:
(i) a person must be 17 years of age before being able to consent to engaging in a sexual act
(ii) it is a crime to engage in a sexual act with someone who has not, or cannot, give consent.
- Provides for offences relating to the recording, distribution or publication of intimate images
- Provides for the anonymity of victims of those offences
- Provides for an offence involving the distribution, publication or sending of threatening or grossly offensive communication
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