Innovative sex assault prevention program comes to Manoa
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Campus Security is sponsoring performances of Sex Signals, a nationally recognized sexual assault prevention program that incorporates improvisation, humor, education and audience interaction. The performances are being offered free of charge to all UH Mānoa students, faculty and staff on Tuesday, April 30, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Kuykendall Auditorium.
The hour-and-a-half program is designed for college and military audiences and provides a provocative look at dating, sex and the core issue of consent.
Through improvisation and audience interaction, Sex Signals explores how social pressures, gender stereotypes, unrealistic fantasies and false preconceptions 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 play closes on an empowering note, encouraging the audience to provide solutions for creating safer and healthier interpersonal sexual relationships, and to brainstorm how, as bystanders, they could positively intervene when they witness someone in a vulnerable situation that could lead to sexual violence.
“I had heard excellent reports about Sex Signals, which has been performed on Oʻahu military bases, and April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, so when the opportunity came up to bring it to Mānoa, I jumped at the chance,” said Captain and Acting Chief Alberta J.K. Pukahi of UH Mānoa’s Campus Security. “An important part of the work of our security unit is to not only protect those who study and work here, but to educate them on how they are also responsible for keeping themselves safe, as individuals and as a community.”
For more information, read the UH Mānoa news release.