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Counter Culture / December 14, 2020

Take this survey to help stop sexual violence in Irish clubs

Photo: Sexism Free Night
Counter Culture / December 14, 2020

Take this survey to help stop sexual violence in Irish clubs

Words: Katie Gartland

Fill out the HSE’s survey on a sexism free nightlife for Ireland.

The HSE has teamed up with Sexism Free Night Project to create a survey on Irish nightlife. Sexism Free Night Project are an EU wide group, they aim to “embrace gender perspective in the promotion of safety, diversity and valuable experiences for all”.

The survey is the HSE’s first step into making nightlife safer for everyone. The survey focuses on intersections of sexism, sexual violence, nightlife environments and drug use.

The results of the survey will allow researchers to compare Ireland’s nightlife safety with other EU countries. The results will be published on District in the coming months.

According to Sexism Free Night Project, the goal of the survey is “a future where nightlife embraces a gender perspective in the promotion of safety, diversity & valuable experiences for all.

“The recognition of nightlife’s key role in shaping urban scenes and identities by offering space-times for creative development, experimentation and cultural activation of individuals & communities.

“The counteraction of a male-dominated, binary, gender stereotyped and structurally unequal industry that limits opportunities, promotes violence and compromises freedom of expression and transcendence.”

The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete. It asks general information about your background, where you usually go on a night out, how you get there and your drug use. It also asks about your perceptions and experiences of sexual violence.

The survey will be completely anonymous, it will be ethically approved by The Catholic University of Portugal. It includes detailed questions about your experience with sexual violence. Don’t feel obliged to fill it out if you don’t want to.

If you’ve experienced any of these issues don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Free Irish services to access help include Stillhere.ie, Rape Crisis Network of Ireland, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, National Women’s Council of Ireland and Samaritans Ireland.

Ireland’s nightlife needs create a culture of consent, especially for women and the LGBTQ+ community. Read about how Ireland’s nightlife can be changed for the better when clubs reopen post-Covid here.

Fill out the HSE’s survey here.

Find information about drug safety in Ireland here.