Sex Signals tour enlightens troops in South Korea
YONGSAN GARRISON — Comedy often finds a way to cover topics that are normally taboo. This was the case Friday afternoon when Catharsis Productions concluded its final show in Korea.
Actors from Catharsis Productions provide a comedic venue for discussing sexual
assault awareness for the Soldiers at the Multipurpose Theater Facility on Yongsan
Garrison, South Korea. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Kosterman,
Eighth Army Public Affairs.
The show, called “Sex Signals,” is a two-person show that teaches audiences signs of miscommunication that can lead to sexual assault.
Through the use of jokes, improvisation and audience participation, the show breaks away from traditional slide presentations and lectures on sexual assault and rape.
First Lt. Claudia Laforgue, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, Eighth Army, said the show was helpful in its approach to the topics of date rape and assault.
“(People) get bored with PoweProint (presentations),” said Laforgue. “Getting audience participation is really helpful in teaching how date rape can happen.”
During the show, a male and female actor act out different scenarios which could take a negative turn. Audience members make suggestions on the decisions the actors should take and even influence the settings for the scenarios.
“What does a rape look like?” asks a performer. “Does it always happen in some dark alley, or could it start with two people that know each other in a public place?”
Throughout the show, Soldiers are reminded that sexual assault and rape doesn’t always occur as portrayed in popular television shows. Often, according to the show, the two parties know each other before any crime is committed. One of the missions of “Sex Signals” is to educate people and provide them with courses of action to consider in certain situations.
According to Catharsis Productions Web site, the show has conducted more than 4,000 shows to more than 1.2 million. Since production began in 2000, the show has traveled to numerous military installations around the world.
DoD ID card holders can report sexual assault anonymously in South Korea by calling DSN 158 or from any phone, 0505-764-5700