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Maynooth University Launches "Speak Out" Tool For Reporting Sexual Harassment.

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The platform also helps users to find information and contact details on relevant Maynooth supports and specialist external supports.

Maynooth University has rolled-out an online anonymous violence and harassment reporting tool for higher education institutions is available for staff and student

 Speak Out supports users to anonymously disclose incidents of bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, discrimination, hate crime, coercive behaviour and control, stalking, assault, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape.

The platform also helps users to find information and contact details on relevant Maynooth supports and specialist external supports.

Speak Out was launched nationally in October of this year as the Anonymous Violence and Harassment Reporting Tool for higher education institutions.

Kathleen McNutt, Head of Maynooth University Counselling Service, said: “As the Counselling Service we are very likely to meet students who come to speak with us on such incidences. We are very aware of the level of self-blame, guilt, shame and fear that prevails often with little understanding that what has happened or is happening is abusive or indeed a crime. 

“One of the goals of implementing this reporting tool is to address the rate of under-reporting that is prevalent at present and to give a voice to those who may only feel able to make an anonymous report on what has happened to them.”More information about Speak Out is available on the Maynooth University website.

 

 

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