News: ‘Sex Signals’ educates troops
Story by Lance Cpl. Jerrick J. Griffin
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The setting was at a bar around midnight. A Marine spots a girl sitting alone waiting on her friends, so he swoops over to talk. He asks her to leave with him, but she refuses. He then grabs her by her arm. Pause.
This scene was a part of ‘Sex Signals,’ a play that aims to educate service members on sexual assault prevention. Service members with 1st Marine Logistics Group attended the show at the base theater here, April 26. Sex Signals is an improv-based play with two actors, a guy and a girl, who act out different scenes and interact with the audience. The crowd gets involved by providing settings and pick-up lines, asking and answering questions about how a person in a scene might be “going to far.”
"They got the crowd into it by asking questions and getting suggestions," said Lance Cpl. Courtland Lambert, landing support specialist, Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st MLG. "They made the subjects more interesting and really made you think. It was very informative," said Lambert, 21, from Nashville.
During the play, the actors touched on different subjects ranging from sexual harassment to rape. Other topics included how alcohol plays a role in sexual assault, and how an individual conducts themselves and reacts to situations differently when sober.
"It's very interesting and makes you actually listen to what they say," said Lance Cpl. Cara Stehle, financial resource management analyst, dispersing section, G-8, 1st MLG. “You are giving the answers or making the scenes to the show.”
According to one of the actors, the majority of reported rapes are committed by men. Although, it does happen to males, and most of the time the victim knows the attacker. Also, seven percent of reported rapes have been found to be false, added the actor.
"Some of the facts kind of catch you off guard," said Stehle, 20, from Riverside, Ohio. "When they talked about consent, some of the things they were saying in the play didn't show signs that they weren’t consenting, and it resulted in someone being blamed for rape. It just shows that people have to be careful with what they are doing."
The Marines and sailors attending the play seemed to enjoy the interactive show. They thought it was a great way to learn about sexual assault, they said.
"I think it's a better way to learn things rather than sitting around looking at slides," said Cpl. Michael Stephen, motor transport operator, Motor Transport Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 1, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st MLG.
"This gets you going because you are actually participating,” added Stephen, 23, from Memphis. “You get to learn more from it because you ask questions and give answers. It just makes you think."