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Students Not Happy With The Sex Education They Received In Irish Schools

Students Not Happy With The Sex Education They Received In Irish Schools

students are unhappy with the sex education they received in Irish schools
A recent survey has found that a majority of Irish students are unhappy with the level of sex education they received in school.

63% of men and 71% of women said they found their sex education to be unsatisfactory. While 20% of men and 25% of women said they were happy with the sex education they received in school. The remaining students who took part in the survey were neutral.

The survey carried out among 2,150 students by the NUI Galway SMART Consent research team found that a majority of female respondents said that they had experienced sexual hostility or gender harassment since starting college.

54% of those were in their first year of college, 64% were in their second year and 70% were in their third year.

The research, led by NUI Galway lecturer Dr Padraig MacNeela, also found that 40% of students believe consensual drunk sex is a normal part of college life.

Dr MacNeela said: "Most women experience harassment, a large majority of all students are dissatisfied with their sexual health education at school, and social norms for drinking minimise the true impact of alcohol on the capacity to give consent."

The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O'Connor has said the findings are "troubling."

Speaking on Morning Ireland she said: "We need to make sure what we roll out right across our third level institutions is a uniform minimum standard, and what we've seen is that workshops seem to work within that university sector."

Earlier this year Education Minister Richard Bruton ordered a review of sex education in schools following the launch of the Objective Sexual Education Bill, which should cover contraception, sexuality, gender, LGBT+ issues and consent if passed.
 
Written by Kellie Kearney staff writer at FFHQ who also blogs at www.mylittlebabog.com.