‘Sex Signals’ encourages discussion with comedy

About 30 people attended the “Sex Signals” presentation in the Legacy Multipurpose Room on April 30 to build confidence for genuine discussions about sexual misconduct. Although there were some smaller groups that attended, a vast majority of the audience was comprised of members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

The interactive show tackles issues that many students face on campus. Students and hosts discussed topics like sexual interactions, harassment and assault in an honest and funny way. The hosts main goal was to give students tools they need to feel confident and safe in the complicated world of a college campus.

Attending the event was a mandatory component of the sanctions placed on the fraternity last semester for grades, but it also was a time of bonding and shared learning for the fraternity according to Excellence Shakra, radiology sophomore and Kappa Sigma member.

Michael Gonzales, criminal justice sophomore said, “I came because I feel like I’ve had a few friends who’ve gone through sexual harassment and that I didn’t know the right steps to stop it when I see it, but I know that I need to do something.”

The presentation was filled with audience interaction and the actors allowed the students to direct the conversation and bring their own experiences into the discussion, a technique that students said resonated with them.

“It was actually fun,” Shakra said. “The actors were great and involved everyone in it.”

Besides being entertaining, presenters at “Sex Signals” gave many students practical tools on how to stay safe and keep those around them safe as well.

“It gave me reassurance about what to do, what might happen and how to get out of dangerous situations,” ShaDera Bryant Williams, athletic training sophomore, said. “I feel like we should have more events like this on campus but maybe more talks pertaining to different aspects of sex on campus.”

Other students agreed that this type of presentation, and the comedic methods it used, would be beneficial for students on campus.

“They should do a talk like this for the freshmen from now on. I feel like people should keep learning as they go along, maybe once or twice a year. I would say ‘Think About It’ is not working because I didn’t get a lot out of it,” Gonzales said. “The interactions we have with the speakers are more beneficial and I think that we should do more of those. The audience interactions with the students made this event better.”

Call the Counseling Center on campus at 940-397-4618 or stop by the Counseling Center on the corner of Hampstead and Louis J. Rodriguez Drive in if you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual harassment or assault.