LIT study highlights student experience of sexual aggression

first_img Previous articleNew phase of Wild Atlantic Way to include LimerickNext articleOpinion – World in Union #RWC2015 Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Linkedin WhatsApp Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ONE in every four students have experienced unwanted and aggressive sexual behaviour, including groping, sexualised verbal abuse and unwanted sexual contact, according to a study conducted at a Limerick third level college.Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) research collective, Social Science ConneXions, has found that up to 25 per cent of students surveyed earlier this year reported having experienced a “sexually unwanted or aggressive incident”.The survey was conducted online across all four LIT campuses. 338 responses were received and the key findings also showed that five per cent had experienced a non-consensual sexual encounter and five per cent of male respondents had experienced a sexually unwanted or aggressive incident.Karen Sugrue, Sociology lecturer and researcher with Social Science ConneXions said that while there was an enormous amount of evidence that students were particularly vulnerable to sexual assault and unwanted sexual behaviour, they wanted to find out if this was also the case for LIT students.“We’re delighted with the response from the management team at LIT who have taken the issue extremely seriously”, she added.LIT lecturer Jennifer Moran Stritch, who is director of the Loss and Grief research group, said that some people believed that the only type of sexual assault is rape.“We are also aware of the importance of verbal abuse, atmosphere and the sense of feeling intimidated. We want our students to live and study in an environment where they feel safe and know how and where to access supports should they need them”.Mairead Keogh, Vice President of LIT Students Union said that prevention of unwanted or aggressive incidents was the key to ensuring a safer environment for students and the students union strongly support the measures implemented.LIT Registrar Terry Twomey said that LIT had an exemplary record in student safety on campus.“We have had no reported incidents here at LIT, and we take pre-emptive action through our Student Safety Programme to ensure that we maintain our exemplary record. Nonetheless, as part of LIT’s Student Safety Programme, our Social Science Connexions unit carried out a small pilot survey of students on any experience of sexual harassment they might have had”.He added that because LIT had no reported incidents, the negative experiences reported most likely related to life off-campus.“Still, the institute is taking no chances. Last week, LIT introduced a new presentation on consent to all new students as part of our Student Safety Programme. LIT is leading the sector in this way and our objective is to maintain our exemplary record of student safety,” he concluded.National research indicates that only about 1 in 10 incidents are reported. To address this and support students, LIT ran a programme of discussion about consent during September induction days for 1st year students that ties in with the No Grey Areas campaign launched nationally by Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform, Francis Fitzgerald, last Friday. Emailcenter_img Print Twitter Facebook NewsLIT study highlights student experience of sexual aggressionBy Staff Reporter – September 24, 2015 1100 last_img read more

GeoSea Agrees to Buy A2SEA from DONG Energy and Siemens

first_imgGeoSea is set to acquire the full ownership of A2SEA, owned by DONG Energy and Siemens, after the three companies signed an agreement today, 7 July. The transaction, which is conditional upon authority approval, is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2017. A2SEA will continue to operate out of Denmark with offshore wind turbine service and installation. The company is headquartered in Fredericia with subsidiaries in Germany and the UK.DONG Energy and Siemens have been owners of A2SEA since 2009 when both companies needed to consolidate their position in the offshore wind market. However, the companies today stated that owning A2SEA is no longer within the scope of their core businesses, and therefore the divestment came naturally.Thomas Dalsgaard, Executive Vice President in DONG Energy and Chairman of A2SEA, said: “I’m pleased that we’ve now found a new owner of A2SEA. A2SEA is a pioneer in the industry and one of the leading players in the market for offshore wind turbine installation. Owning an offshore wind turbine installation company, however, isn’t within the scope of our core business, and we’ve therefore been looking for a new owner.”GeoSea, a daughter company of DEME Group, is specialised in complex offshore marine engineering projects in offshore oil & gas, renewable energy and civil engineering.“With the new owner, I feel confident that A2SEA will be in very good hands. GeoSea is in a position to contribute to A2SEA’s continued stable operating results and ensure the continued positive development of the offshore wind installation company. Based on A2SEA’s industry leading expertise and track record for installation, we expect A2SEA to still be a key supplier to DONG Energy’s future projects. This transaction won’t change that fact,” Dalsgaard said.A2SEA is currently installing turbines at Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm and Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, after completing the installation of turbines on Burbo Bank Extension in December 2016. Upcoming projects include turbine installation on the Arkona offshore wind farm, Hornsea Project One, Horns Rev 3 and East Anglia ONE.Luc Vandenbulcke, Managing Director, GeoSea, said: “The activities of A2SEA represent a strong and complementary fit with GeoSea’s operations. The combined organisation will be well positioned to provide a broader range of integrated services and solutions to offshore wind energy customers. GeoSea will continue to build on existing customer relationships and ensure a safe and reliable delivery of current and future projects. With the acquisition of A2SEA, the company will also gain a group of highly skilled and specialised employees.”last_img read more

Spring Time!

first_imgI did not pay attention to the exact hour that spring was supposed to arrive this year.  I just know that March 22 means it is spring!  On March 28 major league baseball begins.  If you are a betting person, you can probably get even odds in Vegas that at least one game will get snowed out.  I haven’t checked the schedule, but wouldn’t you love to sit out in Minneapolis to see the Twins play?In high school, most Indiana schools are on Spring Break.  One of my pet peeves is taking 2 weeks off just before the outdoor season starts for all spring sports.  The teams have been practicing for several weeks and now they will go on vacation.  The minute they come back to school they will begin contests–and they won’t be ready and injuries will abound.  As you can tell, I am totally opposed to the 2 weeks, and I am equally opposed to the timing.  This is a coaches’ point of view, not one of the teacher, student, or parents.The biggest thing I hope for is getting rid of my winter jacket, long sleeves, and wearing vests.  The way the weather has been, spring may arrive in reality in about a month.  I hope you are more optimistic than me!last_img read more

CASA Masters League kicks off Saturday

first_imgCASA Masters League kicks off SaturdayCaribbean Americas Soccer Association (CASA) set to kick off its Annual Soccer Masters League Saturday with two matches at 4:30 p.m. On the West field will be the Oldtymers FC versus the South Florida Kickers. On the East field will be Lions Master taking on the Attackers FC. This promises to be another exciting season which will feature teams vying for the 2017 CASA Super and Masters League titles. In addition to soccer, come see Netball Youth Sports Association – NYSA playing Netball at its very best.last_img read more