The National Maritime College of Ireland in Cork is taking steps to address sexual harassment in the maritime industry, which is predominantly male. Student counsellor Paul McCarthy emphasized the need to protect cadets from inappropriate behavior and raise awareness of the issue. The college recently hosted speakers from SaferWaves and the UCC bystanders’ intervention program to educate cadets about sexual violence prevention.
McCarthy highlighted the importance of addressing sexual harassment in the industry, stating that the college is part of a growing “maritime me too movement.” He emphasized the need to balance raising awareness of the issue without causing fear, and stressed the potential psychological impact of harassment and violence. The college aims to create a supportive environment where individuals can speak out about improper behavior and receive support.
The college’s efforts to address sexual harassment in the maritime industry reflect a broader movement within the industry. By raising awareness and providing support, the college hopes to create a safer and more inclusive environment for cadets. McCarthy emphasized the need to address the issue and create a framework where individuals feel supported in reporting inappropriate behavior.