Thursday, October 30, 2014

TOP STORY >> An unconventional approach to SAPR awareness

By Airman 1st Class Harry Brexel
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Recently, a “Sex Signals” unique presentation recently took place at Little Rock Air Force Base. It taught Airmen about sexual assault prevention using non-traditional methods, and the program definitely garnered attention from the audience. 

“Sex Signals” is a live show that addresses serious issues like sexual assault, while emphasizing light-hearted dating and relationship woes.

The R-rated presentation included  role play with professional actors. The actors brought realistic circumstances to life using various scenarios that applied to married, single, committed and abstinent audience members.

“I’ve never seen a presentation like it,” said audience member Senior Airman Brittany Chismar, a 61st Airlift Squadron loadmaster. “It had funny parts and really connected with Airmen by taking a real apporach to sexual assault and being relevant to our generation.”    

Currently, the evolving skit has approximately 24 actors that travel in pairs around the world to military installations, colleges and universities. Since its inception in 2001, 1.2 million people have seen the presentation.

Actors Kristen Pickering and Derante Parker performed three shows for more than 700 Little Rock Airmen.  

“We aim to address serious issues in a relevant way that Airmen will understand,” said Parker.  

During the performance, the pair addressed dating cues, miscommunication and challenged the stigma of not adhering to social gender roles.

The performers garnered the attention of Airmen through encouraging participa-tion and questions. Bystander intervention and definitions of sexual assault were two of the main talking points.  

 “When it comes to sex without consent, there should never be any confusion,” said Pickering. “There is no gray area, it is wrong and should never happen.”   

For more information on sexual assault awareness contact the SARC office at 501-987-2685. To report a sexual assault call 501-987-7272.

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