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Consent Matters – Boundaries, Respect and Positive Intervention

Since the purpose of the IRTG 1064 is to promote the training of next-generation scientists, we would like to encourage and provide practical measures that reinforce the tenets of equality and respect, and thus contribute to changing the social climate in academia and beyond. As part of a pilot project in Germany, we offered a course in 2019 to IRTG members to raise awareness on the issue of sexual consent and positive intervention.

Consent Matters is an online course that focuses on sexual consent and how to recognise situations when consent can and can't be given, whatever your gender or sexuality. The course can support you in thinking about your own boundaries and how to talk about them. It also demonstrates different ways you could step in if you see or hear something you're uncomfortable with.

Do you need a safe space to learn about sexual consent? Consent Matters is an interactive online course to support you in thinking about consent, talking about boundaries and how to intervene in difficult situations.

Are you confident you can intervene in a positive way if you are in a situation that makes you or someone else uncomfortable? Understanding consent can help you look out for your friends by being an active bystander and knowing when to ask for help. You can make a difference.

Raising awareness about sexual consent is one way to make a difference in the university community and beyond. Please be encouraged to be part of the change by taking the online course Consent Matters.

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FAQ: Why is the IRTG offering this course? see here