An online tool that allows students and staff to report sexual assault in higher education institutions launched in Ireland today.
‘Speak Out’ is a platform that allows college students and members of staff to anonymously report incidents including bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, discrimination, hate crime, coercive behaviour or control, stalking, assault, sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape.
The project, which is being lead by the Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education Ireland (PCHEI) and funded by Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, will be rolled out across 18 higher education institutions throughout this academic year.
The Speak Out project will be rolled out across 18 higher education institutions throughout this academic year for students, staff and visitors.
— Department of Further and Higher Education (@DeptofFHed) October 19, 2021
Minister Simon Harris said: “I am delighted today to launch this incredibly important initiative. The creation of this innovative and supportive online platform will provide a safe and anonymous medium for students and staff to report incidents of bullying, assault or sexual violence in a trauma-informed environment.”