A Short Introduction to Consent, Sexual Violence and Harassment for Staff in Higher Education

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Active* Consent awareness-raising video on consent, sexual violence and harassment (20 minutes).

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This 20-minute Active* Consent awareness-raising video on consent, sexual violence and harassment introduces staff members working in Irish higher education across a variety of areas to:

  • Key findings from Active* Consent’s years of research with students on consent, sexual violence and harassment that aid understanding of the stakes of these issues
  • Basic definitions of consent, sexual violence and harassment
  • Quick tips for supporting a student or colleague if they disclose negative sexual experiences to you
  • Where to go to get more information and support

After viewing this video, staff should be able to:

  • Define consent
  • Distinguish between sexual assault, rape and sexual harassment
  • Name and describe different types of sexual harassment
  • Recall baseline statistics related to our students’ sexual activity, attitudes and experiences of sexual violence and harassment
  • Understand the background and role of the Consent Framework and how your institution has engaged
  • Effectively use basic language to support students or colleagues who disclose sexual violence to them
  • Know where to locate information about national services to support those who disclose sexual violence to them

This video can be viewed by individuals or used in a structured format within groups of stakeholders (e.g. a research group, an academic discipline, different offices or areas within the university) as initiated by line managers or other staff within that unit.

If you would like to reflect further after viewing the video and/or facilitate a discussion with your colleagues after group engagement, you can use the discussion questions below to get started.

Post-video Reflection/Discussion Questions:

  • Were the levels of sexual violence and harassment reported by students during college surprising to you? Why or why not?
  • The video outlined many of the major changes and initiatives that Irish universities are now engaging in this area including the Consent Framework. Were you aware of these measures prior to watching the video? Why do you think that these issues have been able to gain significant traction now? What possibilities and obstacles do you think the college sector faces in sustaining this momentum and implementing change on the ground?
  • Prior to this video, would you have been able to define consent or sexual violence or distinguish between different kinds of sexual harassment? Was there anything new or surprising in the definitions from this video?
  • Prior to this video, would you have felt that you had a role as a staff member to engage with these issues as part of your job? How do you feel after engaging with this video?
  • What were your concerns as a staff member about the issues covered by the video before and after engaging with this resource?
  • We communicate our disclosure tips by sharing basic “Dos” and “Don’ts.” Did any of the suggestions surprise you? Do you feel like you now have a better grip on the language you might use to respond if someone comes to you with a disclosure?
  • What if anything did you learn about the ways in which an individual might choose to deal with their experience of sexual violence and/or harassment? Do you feel now that you know where you would refer someone if they disclosed to you?
  • What questions do you still have or what would you like to learn more about?

If you or your group would like to avail of more in-depth staff training following engagement with this video including access to a 45-minute eLearning module aimed at students on these issues, First Point of Contact training offered in partnership with Galway Rape Crisis Centre, and a yearly continuing professional development module, contact activeconsent@nuigalway.ie