Sex Signals teaches sexual assault prevention with unusual methods

By Spc. Adam P. Garlington, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
Aug. 2, 2010

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- They were clapping and laughing, yet Soldiers were learning about sexual assault prevention during the Sex Signals show at the Patrick Henry Village Theater here July 29.

Sex Signals is a 90-minute, two-person improvisational comedy and educational show which uses audience interaction and entertainment to teach sexual assault prevention.

“Sex Signals enlightens people in a fun and interactive way," said Master Sgt. Mark Jordan, U.S. Army Europe equal opportunity senior enlisted advisor. "Sex Signals is a great training resource
and the best way to teach a serious subject such as sexual assault.”

Soldiers who attended the show said Sex Signals is more dynamic training than typical Army sexual assault training prevention.

“The show is more effective than powerpoint briefings," said Capt. Harvie S. Berry, USAREUR G3 plans manager. "You want to learn and be entertained."

"I also think the powerpoint (presentation) is very important, but isn't as entertaining," said Capt. Zandra Castillo, USAREUR G3 mobilization and reserve affairs manager. "Entertainment is necessary to capture your audience. When you capture the audience, you’re able to see that an understanding is actually being filtered to the brain."

Castillo said Sex Signals is a practical form of teaching sexual assault prevention. "Sex Signals taught the type of questions leaders should ask their Soldiers about sexual assault issues. Soldiers might find themselves familiar with some of the situations or scenarios that are played out on stage,” Castillo said.

Sex Signals is scheduled to appear at select communities in Germany through August 6.