College News

No BDSM Consent Classes To Take Place In DIT

BDSM consent classes for ‘performing alternative sex acts’ will not go ahead but general consent classes will.

The student council had planned to work with an organization called Nimhneach to provide BDSM classes to students but it turned out the organisation could not provide the service.

BDSM stands for Bondage, Domination, Masochism and Sadism.

Nimhneach (poison in Irish) is a “BDSM and fetish community for kinksters by kinksters” according to their website.

Nimhneach run fetish club nights in the Wiley fox on Eden Quay.

It is unclear what the classes would have consisted of but the motion says “the dangers of performing alternative sexual acts, such as BDSM, without proper knowledge of different sexual acts, safe application of these acts, and proper consent, which can lead to serious injury, paralysis or death.”

“The student movement is very liberal so it passed but when we looked further into the motion that the organisation we were meant to work with didn’t provide the service”, said DITSU president Boni Odoemine.

“So we amended it and now we’re going to have consent classes.

“It was replaced with the motion for the Welfare Officer to have the consent classes for students.”

“The consent class is planning on taking this this Thursday 15th in Aungier Street between 12-2pm, said VP for Welfare Roisin O’Donovan”

“We are working with our partners, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) who will be delivering this session. We are still waiting confirmation for the workshop and it’s exact content as one of the staff members is sick at the moment.

“If it can’t be delivered this week, will be rescheduled as this is such a critical issue

“The BDSM workshops didn’t make it as the motion at council has emerged as part of the current ‘consent’ debate; this has been amended by Student Council and now encompasses the concept in its broader terms so that it has relevance for all our members.

There were no qualified facilitators available to deliver such a workshop in DIT.”

Originally published on The Edition.