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'Sex Signals' teaches awareness and prevention
November 10, 2011
The Associated Students of Cerro Coso will present Catharsis Productions' popular touring sexual assault awareness program, SEX SIGNALS on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the College Lecture Center.
The presentation differs from traditional sexual assault prevention programs in that it incorporates improvisational comedy, education, and audience interaction to provide a challenging look at dating, sex, and the core issue of consent. The ninety-minute two-person play begins by taking an irreverent and funny look at the awkwardness of dating as the actors represent each gender's perspective.
Through improvisation and audience interaction, the play explores how social pressures, unrealistic fantasies, power inequity, and false preconceptions of the other sex all contribute to the tensions often found in dating. Then, through a semi-improvisational scene, the presenters demonstrate how these and other factors can lead to sexual assault. The scene enables audiences to recognize the true nature of rape, and to place full responsibility with the rapist, however much they may like the person. Furthermore, SEX SIGNALS challenges audiences who have mislabeled coercive behavior as seduction, and to reexamine a culture that too often holds victims of rape responsible for their own vulnerability.
Importantly, the play closes on an empowering note, encouraging the audience to both provide solutions for creating safer and healthier interpersonal relationships, and brainstorm how they could positively intervene as bystanders when they witness a friend or stranger in a vulnerable situation that could lead to sexual violence.
This presentation has been performed over 1600 times at over 400 colleges throughout the country and dozens of military installations around the world. It has become one of the most popular programs on sexual assault awareness among college audiences, military personnel, and educators. In 2007 the production received the Moxie Award from the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault for creative efforts to end sexual violence.
Admission is free. For more information contact the Student Activities Office at the College at 760-384-6353.
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