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What is Consent?

Consent is a freely given, voluntary agreement between people that allows each individual to decide what they want and do not want and to have that respected.

For Consent to be meaningful it must be;

  • Freely given – Not pressured, forced or coerced
  • Specific to each act – Consent to one thing is not consent for anything else – you can change your mind at any time
  • Specific to each time – Consent in the past does not mean consent now or in the future
  • Consent requires free will, real choices and capacity to decide
  • Consent needs personal agency and safety, ability to express your own likes and dislikes, and that your choices are heard and respected
  • Consent may be communicated verbally or non-verbally
  • Consent lets us have fun together whilst keeping ourselves and each other safe and happy

We all have something to learn when it comes to consent and healthy relationships. To support this, we have compiled a treasure trove of resources.

You can click on the area you are interested in and play your role by learning more, spreading awareness and building a future where consent is at the cornerstone of all that we do.

Toolkits

To support you in your journey to learn more about consent, we have developed a series of toolkits. These toolkits are helpful guides to support you to feel knowledgeable, empowered and comfortable with talking about consent and the skills involved in doing consent. They contain straightforward tips, factual advice and practical skills. Check out our toolkits below:

  • If you want a helpful guide to having safe conversations with people in your life about consent you can check our Consent Conversation Skills toolkit. It includes sections about spotting myths, critically consuming media and active listening.
    Download the full Having a Chat BookletSelf Reflection Exercise or False Accusation Factsheet (PDF)
  • If you want to know how you can help people in your life if they disclose sexual violence to you then you can check out our Supporting Others toolkit. It includes helpful suggestions on what to do and not do and where you can signpost for professional help.
    Download the Supporting Others Summary or the full Supporting Others Booklet (PDF)
  • If you want a helpful guide to having safe conversations with people in your life about consent you can check out our Consent Skills toolkit. Here you can learn about communicating consent and receiving that communication well.
    Download the Consent Skills Summary or the full Consent Skills Booklet (PDF)

Videos

Our new video shows consent in a way we don’t often get to see it on TV. Present. Ongoing. Playful. Sexy. Funny. Real. Consent is about embracing these moments that may seem a little awkward but result in healthier, happier sexuality and people who are on the same page. Consent is about equality, respect and kindness. It’s about listening to yourself and who you’re with. It’s about noticing and hearing guidance and then taking it well. It’s about being together. Consent is for everyone, no matter your age, gender or relationship status. Consent is for you.

We-Consent

Consent is for all people, in all situations, in all relationships as seen in our brand-new video, airing on Sky TV from 22nd March 2023

Culture Night

As part of Culture Night 2023, Noeline Blackwell, DRCC, was  joined by Roddy Doyle, Ita O’Brien, Lenny Abrahamson & Sarah Gilmartin to discuss consent and sexual violence in TV, film & literature.

News & Press Releases

Surviving sexual assault: ‘Breaking my silence was the most liberating thing I have ever done. It set me free’

Date:

20 June 2023

Publication:

Independent.ie

‘It was not in a dark alleyway, it was in one of our homes’ – platform helps sexual assault survivors to share stories

Date:

18 June 2023

Publication:

Independent.ie

Why We Still Need To Talk (And Think) More About Consent

Date:

09 June 2023

Publication:

Stellar

WE-SPEAK, AN ONLINE PLATFORM TO EMPOWER SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE TO SAFELY TELL THEIR OWN STORIES, IS LAUNCHED

Date:

13 June 2023

Publication:

Irish Tech News

Cork Today with Patricia Messinger

Date:

13 June 2023

Publication:

Cork Today

Rape Crisis Centre launches anonymous online platform for survivors

Date:

13 June 2023

Publication:

Newstalk

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