Soldiers Attend Sex Signals Training

By Pfc. Amy M. Lane
Public Affairs Specialist
4th Sustainment Brigade

FORT HOOD, Texas — During the month of September, Soldiers from the Wrangler brigade, along with other Fort Hood Soldiers, will participate in sexual assault prevention and response training.

The training comes in the form of an interactive play called “Sex Signals”, a two-person performance targeted to the 18-24 year old age group, which is slightly different each time based on audience participation.

The improve-style play was originally developed by Catharsis Productions to perform for college students. When the military began using the program in 2008, Catharsis adjusted the script to reflect the military audience and it is now used Army-wide.

The performers present scenarios to the audience and request feedback and participation, which they incorporate into the scenes. The result is humorous and engaging for the audience, but also offers teaching opportunities. After each scenario, the performers discuss it with the Soldiers.

“It has been a phenomenal training tool for people to see these scenarios,” said Sgt. 1st Class Michael Horwath, a military liaison for the Fort Hood Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. “The military likes to talk about training as we fight, and the performance is doing just that.”

Participants are asked to fill out a survey after the 90-minute show, and Horwath said that responses have been overwhelmingly positive.

“It’s more than just no means no,” Horwath said. “We can preach that all day, but this offers realistic examples of what can really happen and how to deal with these situations.”

While the training is targeted to younger Soldiers, Horwath said they are trying to open it up to as many people as possible this month. There will be 42 performances of the show this month at several Fort Hood locations and more than 6000 Soldiers are expected to attend.

 

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George Zerante and Kristen Pickering, educators from Catharsis Productions, act out an improv scenario during a performance of the Sex Signals play at Fort Hood Sept. 7. The play will be performed for Fort Hood Soldiers all through the month of September. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Amy M. Lane)

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George Zerante and Kristen Pickering, educators from Catharsis Productions, act out an improv scenario during a performance of the Sex Signals play at Fort Hood Sept. 7. The play will be performed for Fort Hood Soldiers all through the month of September. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Amy M. Lane)

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Soldiers laugh during a performance of the Sex Signals play at Fort Hood Sept. 7. The play will be performed for young Fort Hood Soldiers all through the month of September. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Amy M. Lane)