Air Force

April 19, 2012

Skits educate Airmen, eliminate misconceptions

Airman 1st Class Michael Washburn
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

More than 400 Airmen took time out of their day to watch “Sex Signals” live show at the Mirage Club on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 10.

Sex Signals is an improvised, two-person presentation geared to educate Airmen about the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding sexual assault. The show uses different scenarios, audience participation and humor to get their message across.

“The show discusses things that are hard to talk about,” said Fawzia Mirza, Sex Signals actress. “The humor we use in the skits disarms the uneasiness and allows people to learn the information we’re telling them. Also, the interaction is a great way to get the audience involved.”

Sex Signals is offered for every branch of the military. Each version reflects the terms, jargon and customs and courtesies for the particular branch.

In the Air Force, Airmen often rely on others to get the mission accomplished. If someone is sexually assaulted, it may affect more than just the individual, it could potentially hinder the completion of the mission.

“Sexual assault in the Air Force compromises mission readiness,” Mirza said. “The ability to weed this out is a way to create a stronger Air Force. I think the military is a great place for the rest of our culture to look to as an example.”

The performance was very well done. The actors were both very animated and kept the audience laughing. The information was given in a way that is often different than what Airmen are used to, and the interaction with the crowd kept them engaged. George Zerante, Sex Signals actor, finds the reactions of the audience and the way they receive the information to be one of the satisfying aspects of performing in the skits.

“The most rewarding thing about doing this is when I see someone in the audience who agrees with what we’re talking about and understands they can do something about sexual assault,” George said. “It’s great when Airmen come up to me after the show and say ‘that was the best training I’ve ever had.’”

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