NUIG Students’ Union’s annual SHAG Week to begin tomorrow

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A series of online events will be hosted by NUIG Students’ Union to mark their annual Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance (SHAG) Week which starts tomorrow.

The events will look at key issues impacting on the Sexual Health and Wellbeing of students including Consent, Image Based Sexual Abuse, Victim Blaming, Period Poverty and STI Awareness.

The workshop on Image Based Sexual Abuse will explore what “revenge porn” is, why we need to rename it, legislation, and how we can support victims emotionally and practically.

This is an issue that is on the rise in Ireland and the Students’ Union believes efforts must be made to make sure people understand that this act can have very damaging consequences.

Active* Consent workshops will provide a safe space to explore the nuances of sexual consent and how best to negotiate active sexual consent.

These workshops give young people engaging and up-to-date information and skills that are practical and relevant for their own relationships.

“We have some great workshops and events coming up this week for SHAG Week,” said Róisín Nic Lochlainn, Students’ Union Vice President/Welfare and Equality Officer.

“Students’ Unions and Universities need to take a strong lead in ending the culture of victim blaming as sexual violence and harassment are still prevalent issues in today’s world. Consent is Ongoing, Mutual and Freely Given – this is the core message of the NUIG Smart Consent courses.”

Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey added:“We hope that our SHAG week events will encourage our students to take a responsible attitude to sexual health and healthy relationships.

“We still have a long way to go in Irish society in terms of breaking down the taboo of talking about sex. We want our students to be educated about their sexual safety.”

See more details about the events HERE.