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Consent in romantic relationships

Almost half (47%) of young adults reported in Jigsaw's My World Survey 2 that they had been touched against their will or without their consent and 20% said they had been forced or pressured to have sex.

Learning intention

  • Demonstrate how consent works in real life with the tea analogy
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Junior and Senior Cycle

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20 mins with discussion

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Emotional health
Personal and group health

a screenshot of a still from Tea Consent

Tea and consent

Apply the visualisation concept video 'Tea Consent' for discussion in class. Copyright ©2015 Emmeline May and Blue Seat Studios.

Consent in romantic relationships

In romantic relationships consent is needed for any sexual activity eg. kissing, touching, touching under clothes and touching genitals, oral sex, sexting, sexual talk and penetration. A young person might want to kiss someone. But it doesn’t automatically mean they want to have sex. Consent means a young person gets to decide what they are comfortable with doing or not doing.

There are laws that apply to sex and consent in Ireland. The age of consent in Ireland is 17. This means a young person cannot legally consent to sexual activity before the age of 17. That applies to people of all genders and sexual orientation.

Discussing sex with young people can be challenging, this consent and tea analogy has helped many parents and teachers since it was launched in 2015 by the Thames Valley Sexual Violence Prevention Group. It was originally created by Blue Seat Studios and blogger Rockstar Dinosaur Pirate Princess. In this video consent is presented as an agreement between participants on asking for a cup of tea. Is the answer yes or no and is the answer clearly and freely communicated?

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