Beat is proud to present “No Excuses”, a four-part podcast series examining sexual violence and sexual harassment in Ireland.

As part of the Government of Ireland’s No Excuses campaign, the podcast aims to highlight the prevalence of these issues in our communities and asks listeners to make “no excuses” and put a stop to sexual violence and sexual harassment in Ireland.

Beat’s Michelle Heffernan attempts to understand this difficult subject by speaking to experts in the field, as well as interviewing real-life victims of sexual harassment and abuse. With a mix of heartbreaking personal stories, as well as informative testimonies, she helps us to understand the attitudes and actions that cause and permit sexual violence today.

Speaking about the podcast Michelle said “this is one of the most difficult subjects to address but one of the most important to talk about. Sexual violence and sexual harassment are happening every day in our communities and we need to understand them if we are going to act against them”.

It’s time to listen, learn and put a stop to sexual harassment and sexual violence in Ireland.

Episode Four: In the final instalment of No Excuses, we investigate what actions victims, witnesses, and everyday citizens need to take in order to put a stop to sexual violence and sexual harassment in Ireland.

Episode Three: In this episode we open up the discussion around consent, detailing what exactly the term means, and how it plays a role in separating sexual activity from sexual violence.

Michelle also seeks to include those victims we have left out of the conversation and asks just how sexual violence and sexual harassment affects men.

Episode Two: Episode Two of No Excuses digs deeper into the issues of Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment , asking, is there a link between the two? Rape survivor and Sexual Violence campaigner Linda Hayden shares her story with Michelle and discussed how attitudes can turn into actions of violence.

Episode One: Covers topics such as child sexual abuse, consent, legal definitions of harassment and sexual violence, sexual violence and men, as well as breaking down the best strategies advised to combat incidents of sexual violence.


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