By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Abby Rader, Navy Public Affairs Support Element Japan
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Approximately 20 Sailors from nine different commands at Fleet Activities Yokosuka put on a series of skits to inform others about sexual assault and sexual harassment awareness April 29-30 as a part of the Navy’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The performance, titled “Sailors Changing Reality and Ending Myths”, or SCREAM, was performed at the base Benny Decker Theater and featured two shows per day.
The various performances demonstrated in SCREAM Theater provided viewers with a different method outside the standard general military trainings to educate about sexual assault awareness.
The skits portrayed real-life scenarios, such as same-sex assault and bystander intervention, that all Sailors may encounter throughout their naval career.
“We wanted to provide a different way to educate about sexual assault awareness and prevention,” said Keisha Moore, the base’s sexual assault response coordinator. “These unique performances educate Sailors on the real-life situations that are actually happening within the Navy.”
Chief Fire Control Technician Jeremy Gross, a performer in one of the skits, hopes the show will leave others understanding just how important sexual assault awareness and prevention is.
“It’s really hard to convey the emotional urgency of making sure that people are active bystanders, and that we all need to take care of people that have had these things happen to them,” said Gross. “We’ve done a lot of training on it as a Navy, but SCREAM really shows the emotional impact.”
The Navy’s goal is to eliminate sexual assault by fostering a culture of prevention which includes effective education and training, a 24/7 response capability to ensure victim support, reporting procedures available worldwide, and accountability that enhances the safety and well-being of all.