By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adrienne Powers
YOKOSUKA, Japan (April 18, 2016) – Sailors from Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka kicked off its seventh annual rendition of Sailors Challenging Reality and Education against Myths (SCREAM) at the base’s fleet theater.
The interactive production provides realistic portrayals of sexual assault and encourages discussion between its audience, SCREAM actors and base Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) representatives. This year’s play aims to widen perceptions of who commits sexual assaults and inform the audience of common misconceptions regarding sexual assault.
“We often think of sexual assaults being committed by strangers in the middle of the night, but most times that’s not the case,” said Chief Mass Communication Specialist Alexander Gamble, this year’s director. “It could be anyone, from people you know to complete strangers.”
According to the Department of Defense (DOD), 63 percent of reported sexual assaults were made by service members victimized by other service members, whereas 14 percent of reports were made against unidentified subjects.
“We’re trying to show sexual assault from many different angles,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Airman Tori Orange from Mobile, Alabama, who portrays a character sexually assaulted by another female Sailor. “Usually everybody hears about it from the male-on-female perspective but it can happen any way.”
Sailors from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and various FLEACT Yokosuka commands rehearsed since the beginning of February to create FLEACT Yokosuka’s 2016 SCREAM play. The production includes three stand-alone skits covering scenarios Sailors may encounter with questions and answers following each section.
“We hope this production will have an impact on Sailors in an interactive way to discuss the difficult topic of sexual assault,” said Gamble.
SCREAM coincides with April, recognized by the DOD as Sexual Assault and Awareness Prevention Month (SAAPM) which focuses on fostering a culture to eliminate sexual assault.