'Sex Signals' helps to raise awareness, prevention of sexual assault
July 23, 2010
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -The Galaxy Theater on Vogelweh was filled to capacity as the audience came to better grasp the seriousness of sexual assault in a whole different perspective in a comedy show called 'Sex Signals', July 20.
The 'Sex Signals' show is a 90 minute two person improvisational show with skits that include discussion on varied topics such as dating, rape, consent, alcohol, and intervention within the military.
The program, which has been utilized at many universities and colleges, was created by Catharsis Productions and is a popular program touring military bases all over the world.
Amber Kelly, an actress from the show, believes that the positive response the show has been getting shines a different light on the way sexual assault is perceived.
"I think the most rewarding feedback is when someone comes out with some questions. You see that later on that they're making a transition in their own mind and trying to figure things out. I personally think that it is the best when you see someone making that connection," said Kelly.
Master Sgt. James Hall, the noncommissioned officer in charge of communications operations for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, holds a stop sign card during a performance of 'Sex Signals' at the Galaxy theater on Vogelweh, July 20. The show is a 90 minute two person improvisational show with skits that include discussion on varied topics such as dating, rape, consent, alcohol, and intervention within the military. (Photo by Sgt. Frank Sanchez III, 21st TSC Public Affairs)
Audience participation was encouraged in their opinions about typical "hanging out at the bar," scenarios that the two actors performed on stage to entice discussion about stereotypes and misinterpretations.
The improv show was made as candid as possible for the audience that consisted of Soldiers, civilian employees, and family members over 18 years old in the Kaiserslautern military community.
Spc. Tanisha Bussey, a material expediter for the supply and services branch for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command thinks that the show was definitely a better way of getting information about sexual assault to the community.
"It was interactive and you got back a lot of feedback from different people. There was lot of questions about many different situations where we all could relate to on some level," said Bussey.
The program will be touring throughout Germany until August 6