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Ulster GAA launches campaign aimed at helping to educate young people around issue of consent

Brian McAvoy of Ulster GAA, Alliance leader Naomi Long and Tahnee McCorry from White Ribbon at Stormont yesterday. Picture by Hugh Russell

ULSTER GAA yesterday launched a campaign aimed at helping to educate young people around the important issue of consent.

Figures from the sporting organisation joined politicians and representatives of White Ribbon NI at an event at Stormont to highlight the new campaign, 'Never Cross The Line #GETCONSENT'.

The initiative is aimed at "educating and inspiring young people and leading towards positive change" around issues such as consent and violence against women and girls.

Ulster GAA has joined forces with White Ribbon NI, an organisation established to challenge the attitudes and behaviours which lead to violence against women and girls.

It is part of a global movement, which was formed in 1991 by male students in Canada in response to the brutal massacre of 14 female students.

In a post on social media, White Ribbon NI said they were delighted Ulster GAA is helping highlight the issues.

"Thank you to Ulster GAA for taking these important steps towards educating and inspiring young people and leading towards positive change."

SDLP MLA Cara Hunter said it is "important that sports and other community leaders speak out to help educate young people".

"The new campaign from Ulster GAA and White Ribbon NI is a welcome initiative that will make a real difference when it comes to educating young people about issues around consent," she said.

"This is a discussion that needs to be taking place in homes, schools and community groups across the north and I appreciate Ulster GAA stepping up and showing leadership in this way.

"The only way we are going to educate our young people about consent and other issues like is by bringing them out into the open. Our sports stars and other public figures are role models and they carry significant influence."

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