Sex Signals, a rape prevention presentation, is coming to Missouri Western’s Spratt Hall on Sept. 24.
Sex Signals is put on by Catharsis Promotions, who specializes in speaking to college students, military members, and educators on myths about rape, what a consensual relationship really is, and explaining some preconceived ideas about the offender and the victims roles using strategic comedy to draw in those who find it to be an awkward topic.
“We use comedy in the show to draw audience’s attention to messages that often challenge their world views,” Brian Golden, the literary manager at Catharsis Productions, said. “We make the discussion of challenging issues, like sexual violence, more accessible to audiences that may be reluctant to engage.”
With well-placed comedy and dialogue, the presentation, along with audience interaction, is able to give viewers a new perspective on sexual abuse, what to do about it, and how to stop it.
Sex Signals is presented in a two person semi-improvised skit that travels the United States all throughout the year. Rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse are difficult and uncomfortable topics for most of us. But this presentation has proven throughout the years that the issues at hand can be tackled in a comfortable atmosphere, and still get their message across to viewers.
Sex Signals has traveled through all 50 states and around the globe, proudly spreading its message over four continents. Sex Signals not only visits schools, but is also designed to present to other audiences, such as members of the military, just having each particular presentation vary in its structure.
“There are over a dozen nuanced versions of Sex Signals that are tailored to fit the needs and experiences of specific audiences. While the skeleton script, which underlies the program, remains consistent, script elements depicting examples of socially normalized dating, prescriptive gender stereotypes, hook-up culture and predatory behavior are all adapted to match the experiences of each particular audience,” Golden said.
Catharsis Productions has its presenters travel throughout the year trying to reach out to as many people as possible with several two-person shows traveling simultaneously.
Missouri Western’s Center of Multicultural Education initially had the idea of bringing Sex Signals to our school.
“I first witnessed this show while employed at a different campus; it was engaging, entertaining and educational,” Isaiah Collier, Assistant Dean of Student Development, said. “I expect the show to deliver a powerful performance, and I also expect many students to show up.”
Collier also said that he hopes to have Sex Signals back at Missouri Western in the upcoming years.
Catharsis Promotions reviews its Sex Signals presentation every year to measure its effectiveness among audiences and what it can do next to see that it continues to reach out and help to educate people.
Golden said that a program called Afterburner is often given as a follow up presentation to Sex Signals. Afterburner hits the key points on how predators use our cultures “hook-up” system as a way of excusing their act of sexual abuse. Beat the Blame, another follow up type presentation also put on by Catharsis, is similar to Afterburner in that it explains how predators may blame the victim in order to mask their personal guilt.
Sex Signals was created more than 10 years ago and in that time has managed to speak about rape prevention to over one million people in over four thousand presentations, nine hundred of those being at universities just like ours.
Sex Signals will present in Spratt 101 on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.