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29th Nov 2016

Gardaí investigating an alleged rape on UCD campus

Breaking news reports from The Irish Times confirm that Gardaí are investigating an alleged rape on the UCD campus.

The reports state a student told gardaí that she was attacked in the early hours of Friday morning after spending Thursday night socializing.

A Garda spokeswoman said an alleged sexual assault was being investigated.

The Times state that UCD confirm that they are aware of a report made to the gardaí.

Following controversy earlier this year about an alleged revenge porn group, UCD student union released a statement about consent.

It read:

We will change “lad” culture in UCD as promised following our election to office.

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Rape Crisis Network Ireland researchers, UCD academics, NUIG researchers and outspoken author & advocate for reform and sexual violence survivors, Louise O’Neill are working with us to change “lad” culture in UCD.

University management must now come completely on board and help us fund badly needed policy changes including mandatory sexual consent workshops, clearly communicated procedures to report sexual harassment, assault, rape & revenge porn and a comprehensive survey of our population to better map student experience of sexual harassment, assault, rape & revenge porn.

University management must also work with us to ensure visible, adequate campus supports for survivors of sexual violence.

The campus does operate a walk safe service which allows students to ring security members and be escorted to their accommodation.