Lynn Ruane: ‘I felt liberated when I learnt to say no to sex’
Consent workshops are a way to instil in young people the power to just say no
‘If I had my way I would bring consent workshops into secondary schools as well, and instil in our youth only the power of saying ’no’.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times
It was 1998. I was 13 years old, Run DMC’s It’s Like That was No 1 in the charts, and I had just swapped the local kiddies disco for the bed of an older boy.
I didn’t have control of much in my life, but the one thing I did have I had just given away – my virginity.