University of Limerick student claims ‘drunk’ men ‘exposed themselves’ to her

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

The incident is alleged to have taken place on campus during Freshers Week

The incident is alleged to have taken place on campus during Freshers Week

THE UNIVERSITY of Limerick is investigating claims that a female student was “assaulted by a group of drunk young men” who cornered her and made her watch as “they exposed themselves”.

The incident, details of which were first published in a letter to UL’s student newspaper, is alleged to have taken place on campus during Freshers Week.

“I was cornered and made watch as these men exposed themselves to me, intimidated me, and threatened me,” the letter states. 

“I am a small woman, who could have been easily overpowered by this group, but luckily, I got out.

“However, many are not as lucky, and I have become acutely aware that I am just one of several women who have had experiences like this on campus,” she added.

A UL spokesperson said the University “was not aware of the incident in question but it is treating the matter very seriously. 

“The matter will be fully investigated and the university will be liaising with gardaí.”

No report was made to UL in relation to the incident, the spokesperson added. 

“The security team at UL work to ensure all students are aware of the on campus emergency number 3333 which is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offers an immediate response to any student or staff member who may require assistance,” said the spokesperson.

“Students are urged to use this number and report any incident of concern which will be fully investigate by UL’s security team.” 

In a letter to the editor of An Focal, the anonymous student outlined her disappointment with the UL Feminist Society’s ‘silence’ in relation to the alleged incident.

“If you cannot support your fellow students on what is clearly a feminist issue, then what are you doing? My assault took place on Freshers Week, alongside what else? The organization and advertising of the consent classes that members of your committee had a hand in running.” 

It is understood no specific reports of assault were brought to the society’s attention this semester.

In a statement, the group said: “Yes, we absolutely should have done more this semester and we sincerely apologise to everyone who has been let down by our silence on this issue.” 

The group is set to host two upcoming events focusing on situations like this “should they ever arise”.