By Staff Sgt. Tramel S. Garrett, 21st TSC Public AffairsMay 20, 2011
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - The Soldiers of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command participated in a sexual assault prevention class with a very special instructor. The class entitled, "May I Kiss You," was held at the Kaiserslautern Community Activity Center on Daenner Kaserne here, May 12.
Mike Domitrz, the author of the critically acclaimed book "May I Kiss You" and a public speaker, has traveled all over the world to speak about sexual assault awareness. He addressed the Soldiers of the 21st TSC on consent, bystander intervention and supporting the victims of sexual assault.
Years ago, a life changing moment occurred in Domitrz's life. While in college, he received a phone call from his mother informing him that his sister had been sexually assaulted. This unpleasant event resulted in Dormitrz focusing a majority of his time and effort on educating the public on sexual assault awareness.
According to Domitrz, it was not until 1990 after listening to someone speak publicly on the same subject, that he realized he could also speak out. As a result, Domitrz travels all over the world speaking at schools and universities. However, more than anything else, he loves to address servicemembers.
"I love working with the military. The military is a great audience because they really appreciate an engaging presentation," said Domitrz.
During his presentation Domitrz involved the audience in discussions on the subjects of dating, communication, respect and sexual assault awareness. Additionally, he discussed the importance of respect between marital partners and how to help your family and friends.
"If you are single or married, you should ask your loved one questions and respect the answers they give you," said Sgt. Tierra Brown, an automated logistics specialist with the 21st TSC.
"Our culture does not teach us how to talk about intimacy. It (our culture) tells us to be respectful but does not give us the skills," said Dormitrz during his lecture.
Dormitrz feels that this particular class is important for everybody.
"There are three things I want the audience to get out of this training," said Domitrz. "(Show respect and) ask first, stop the (sexual) predators and open the doors for those you love."