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Calls have been made for more education on sexual consent across Northern Ireland, following the publication of data on the sexual assaults experienced by Queen's University students.

Calls have been made for more education on sexual consent across Northern Ireland, following the publication of data on the sexual assaults experienced by Queen's University students.

Calls have been made for more education on sexual consent across Northern Ireland, following the publication of data on the sexual assaults experienced by Queen's University students.

Calls have been made for more education on sexual consent across Northern Ireland, following the publication of data on the sexual assaults experienced by Queen's University students.

As part of a survey carried by Queen's-based Student Consent Research Collaboration (SCORE), 3,000 Queen's University students were asked about their experience of sexual assault, with 5.5% of students reporting they had experienced a non-consensual penetrative sexual assault.

Out of the group, only 6.4% felt that they had been sexually assaulted, and 43.8% - more than two fifths - told no one about their experience.

Nearly three quarters (74%) said that they knew their perpetrator, with 70.4% saying that the perpetrator was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the assault. 

Of those that said they had told no one about their experience, 62.7% said they felt it was not serious enough to report 34.8% said that they believed it wasn't a crime, and 39.8% said they felt too ashamed or embarrassed to tell anyone about their experience.

Speaking about the results, founder of SCORE Eimear Haughey said: "The report recommends robust fact-based education on sexual consent,healthy relationships and law for all young people across NI.

"The lack of clear understanding surrounding sexual consent is emphasised by only 6.4% considering themselves to have been sexually assaulted. Young people deserve a level of education about consent which would allow them to know what sexual assault is and if it has happened to them."

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