Who We Are
We-Consent is a long-term national campaign to inform, educate and engage with all members of society about consent. We want to work together to build more awareness of each other’s experiences, increase understanding of consent, have important conversations and empower everyone to play a role in building a society where every individual values consent as an integral part of their life.
- We are non-judgmental, evidence-based and survivor-informed.
- We uphold the dignity, equality and rights of every person.
- We consider consent to be an ethical foundation of honest, equal and respectful relationships.
History of the Project
From our work at Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, we recognise that sexual violence is a serious public health and human rights issue with both short and long-term consequences for those affected and for those who support them.
In 2019, DRCC convened a group of campaigners, civil society leaders and experts to discuss the possibility of a long-term campaign to reframe how we understand and talk about consent in Ireland. We described it as going from a Moment to a Movement – changing from a piecemeal, reactive approach in the aftermath of sexual violence to a widespread cultural change which would reduce the level of sexual violence over time, but also spotlight the positives effects of consent.
There was overwhelming agreement in the group on the need for a cultural shift in relation to our ability to discuss and understand consent, relationships and sex in Ireland and the need to support a national conversation on these important issues. Building on progressive social change achieved in the last decade, a dedicated campaign should seek to achieve culture change in relation to consent underpinned by comprehensive research and a mobilising programme of work.
With funding from a number of foresighted donors, we commissioned a comprehensive piece of research to get a picture of society’s understanding, beliefs and challenges when it comes to consent. Carried out by Language, Opinion and Karen Hand, this landmark research was launched in Oct 2021.
From here we established a staff team, conducted a second significant piece of research, working with Language, Opinions and Lorraine O’Rahilly, and built the We-Consent campaign.
We-Consent is a long-term national campaign to inform, educate and engage with all members of society about consent. This is the first ever national campaign on broadening understanding and practice of consent that is targeted across all age groups in Ireland, and among the first globally. This campaign is for everyone- all people, all situations, all relationships.
It strives to work with all people and all communities to build lasting change which is rooted in real people’s lives and experiences. It is about cultural change, rather than policy or legal change. It is bottom-up change that everyone can play a role in – right now. The aim is to get people in Ireland talking about, and developing a meaningful understanding of, consent.
If we do this together, we will recognise that consent is not something you get, it is something we do together. We will recognise that consent is about agreement between people, rather than a permission granted by one person to another.
If this campaign is successful, we will have grown as a society, where we all fully recognise that there is no excuse for abuse of power, abuse of vulnerable people, or for sexual activity which does not have consent from all parties. We will not tolerate sexual violence or the environment which supports it. We will have happier, healthier relationships and people.
We will do this together.
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre
The mission of Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is to prevent the harm and heal the trauma of rape and other forms of sexual violence.
Our vision is of a society in which sexual violence is not tolerated but that, when it does occur, survivors are provided with information and care that supports their empowerment and resiliency. Our values are Trust, Respect, Empowerment and Empathy.
Who we are
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) is an independent not-for-profit organisation. Established in 1979, it is the oldest Rape Crisis Centre in Ireland and offers a wide range of services to any person affected by rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse.
- We run the Freephone 24-Hour National Helpline 1800 778888 for crisis counselling & support, including live webchat and interpreting service in 260 languages. The Helpline receives over 1,000 contacts every month from people who have experienced both recent and historical sexual violence.
- We provide specialised one-to-one counselling & therapy, offering a safe and confidential space and a person-centred, empowerment approach in all of our contact with clients.
- We accompany and support survivors seeking to report sexual crimes and in the justice system, as well as at the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit for specialist forensic care.
- We also provide expert education & training to those working with or supporting survivors.
- In addition, we conduct extensive advocacy, campaigning, education, research and policy work.
DRCC is governed by a voluntary board and benefits from the expertise of dedicated and highly trained volunteers in our support and outreach services.
We-Consent is supported by a diverse Advisory Group comprised of partners, collaborators and other key stakeholders from across Domestic, Sexual & Gender-Based Violence organisations, NGOs and civil society, academics, researchers, communications professionals, those from or working with marginalised communities, and survivors of sexual violence to develop, build and run the consent campaign.
Our Advisory Group is chaired by Sarah Monaghan, Consent Project Manager and is made up of:
- Sarah Monaghan
- Yvonne Woods
- Noeline Blackwell
- Ann Marie Gill
- Denise Charlton
- Lavinia Kerwick
- Chris Rooke
- Moninne Griffith
- Brian Killoran
- Michael Kiernan
- Orla O Connor
- Linda Cullen
- Bríd Meighan
- Cliona Saidléar
- Antoinette C Doran
- Tessa Collins
- Selina Bonnie
- Ailbhe Smyth
- Sean Cooke
- Catriona Crowe
- Barbara Condon
- Brian Sheehan
- Michael Curran
- Conor Hammersley
- Beth O Reilly
- Bukky Adebowale
If you are affected by any issues raised on this website, we encourage you to call the Freephone 24-Hour National Helpline on 1800 77 8888
We-Consent is funded by
We-Consent is a Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Project.
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Limited is a registered charity and we are compliant with the Charities Governance Code.
- Registered charity: CHY8529
- Registered company: 147318
- Registered Charity Number (RCN): 20021078
We work hard to be completely transparent to our funders and supporters regarding funds raised and money spent. You can find our details on the Companies Registration Office Website using our company number 147318.