Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment

TUS is committed to fostering a safe, respectful and supportive institutional campus culture. We are actively working to implement the Framework for Consent in HEIs:Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive:Ending Sexual Harrassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions and learning from the recommendations in THEA's Promoting Consent and Preventing Sexual Violence Report 

Ending Sexual Violence and Harrassment - TUS Moodle Page in addition to the information on this site, TUS Staff and Students are encouraged to visit the TUS Ending Sexual Violence and Harrassment Moodle page.  When you have accessed Moodle, click on "Site Home" then "Resources" and the "General Resources" this will bring you to our Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment page.

The ESVH page holds all the information related to our efforts here at TUS to eliminate sexual violence and harrassment. You can visit this page anonymously to access information or learn more about the various topics. Each tile on the  ESVH page has information about various related topics, for example - where to go to disclose and/or go for support. How to be supportive if someone discloses to you. How to access Active Consent workshops. How to support yourself and your peers. There is information about healthy relationships and much more.


TUS Action Plan for Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment

TUS has developed an Action Plan for Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment. The action plan identifies the actions TUS will undertake and the timeframes for those actions. Publication: TUS Action Plan for Ending Sexual violence and Harrassment 

First Responders

There are a number of staff members in TUS Midlands Midwest who have attended training on recieving disclosures in relation to sexual violence and Harassment/Bullying. they are available to listen to you and assist you in seeking further support if you so wish. Please go to the Ending Sexual Violence and Harrassment Moodle page for contact details of our First Responders.


Active Consent

Active* Consent programmes are developed by NUIG and involve various types of workshops and training. To find out more information about Active Consent go to the Consent Hub.

The Active Consent USI Sexual Experiences Survey 2020 was completed by 6,026 undergarduates and postgraduates student at Irish Higher Education Institutions(HEIs) during February to March 2020. This survey was a collaboration between the Active*Consent programme at NUI Galway and the Union of Students Ireland Students and USI representatives worked with the research team with the aim of providing the Irish HEI sector with the first comprehensive snapshot of positive and negative student sexual health experiences grounded by inetrnationally recognised assessment strategies.

We upskill and attend training with Active Consent throughout the year. We continue to offer the 30 minute Active* Consent workshop to all incoming first years during induction and to other student groups throughout the year. To find out more or book a session please email kathy.heavey@ait.ie

Note: Click the image to access Active* Consent programmes.

Bystander Intervention

NUIG Active* Consent created ‘How to Support Yourself and Your Peers’ which is also available on the ESVH Moodle page for all staff and students. It moves users from understanding and applying Active* Consent to becoming an Active* Bystander. It provide viewers with introductory skills in supporting friends who disclose negative experiences and how to safely call out and intervene in developing negative situations in their peer group and community. By empowering users to not only learn new terms but build a proactive skill set, we believe that together we can step up to and work on ending sexual violence and harassment on our campuses.

Note: Click the image to access "How to Support Yourself and Your Peers" Active* Consent programme. 

Staff Awareness Video

NUIG Active* Consent has developed a short 20-minute video on consent, sexual violence and harassment for staff members working in Irish higher education. The video covers:

• 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 if they disclose negative sexual experiences to you 

• Where to go to get more information and support

You can watch the video here


Report & Support

TUS Speak Out Tool

We partnered with Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education Ireland (PCHEI) to develop Speak Out – an online system that allows anonymous reporting by TUS Students or Staff of incidents of sexual harassment, bullying, assault or violence.

The TUS Speak Out Tool: Click here to make a report.

Speak Out is an online anonymous reporting tool available to students and staff to disclose incidents of bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, discrimination, hate crime, coercive behaviour/ control, stalking, assault, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape.

The information you provide using this tool is valuable as the data collated will help inform TUS’ activities aimed at addressing bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct.

It is important to remember that as the Speak Out reporting tool is completely anonymous, there is no way of identifying or contacting any member of the university community who uses the tool.

The tool will help you to find information and contact details of relevant TUS supports and specialist external supports.

Please report one incident, or series of related incidents at a time. This is to ensure that we can understand the nature of your experience.

Supports for TUS Students and Staff

If you have been affected by sexual violence or harassment or wish to disclose an incident and access support please contact one of our TUS supports below:

  • TUS Supports for Students

    If you have been affected by sexual violence or harassment or wish to disclose an incident and access support please contact one of our TUS supports below:  

    TUS Student Counselling Service: 

    Email: counsellor@ait.ie 

    Tel: 090 6468063  

    For more info visit the counselling section on TUS website

    TUS Student Health Service:  

    Tel: 090 6468063 or studenthealth@ait.ie  

    TUS Students' Union:  

    Tel: 090 646 8067 

    Vice President for Welfare & Equality: email: suwelfare@ait.ie. Phone: 086 8590998 

  • TUS Supports for Staff

    If you have been affected by sexual violence or harassment or wish to disclose an incident and access support please contact one of our TUS supports below:  

    Staff who wish to disclose/report sexual harassment can speak to the HR Manager, Equality Officer, any manager in the workplace or a trade union representative, as outlined in TUS’s Dignity and Respect Policy.  

    For support: 

    Employee Assistance Programme at no cost with Spectrum Life: You can call anytime (24/7, 365 days a year) for telephone advice & counselling.  

    Email: eap@spectrum.life 

    Freephone: 1800 814 243Whatsapp/SMS: Text "Hi" to 087 369 0010 

  • National and Local Supports for Students and Staff

    Rape Crisis Centre:

    A rape crisis centre is a holistic safe space to access counselling and therapy to help you move forward from trauma, as well as receive practical and crisis support and information. For more info: https://www.drcc.ie/.

    National 24-hr helpline: 1800 778888

    Athlone Midland Rape Crisis Centre: http://www.amrcc.ie/welcome.aspx.

    Phone No.090 64 73862 / Free phone: 1800 306 600

    Email: amrcc@eircom.net.

    Gardaí: If you want to report the assault, call the Gardaí–contact your local station or call 999 or 112 for more. The Gardaí will also arrange transport to the nearest Sexual Assault Treatment Unit to get you medical attention and collect forensic evidence. Choose your location station here: https://www.garda.ie/en/contact-us/station-directory/.

    Athlone Garda Station: 090 6492600

    Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU): For medical attention, your local SATU provides specialist treatment and information. You can find your local SATU as well as information on what to expect here: https://www2.hse.ie/sexual-assault-treatment-units/.

    Mullingar SATU Midland Regional Hospital: Phone: 044 939 4239 or 086 04 09 952 weekdays from 8am to 5pm.Phone: 044 934 0221 after 5pm and weekends, ask for SATU.

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