The Pentagon’s Big Q: “Can I Kiss You.”
The Pentagon has begun training soldiers on when it is appropriate to kiss someone.
Training began at the US Army base in Fort Eustis, Virginia, last week, and is intended to help soldiers learn to “a conversation about relationships and intimacy.”
The Department of Defense wrote in a press release “the training event aimed to provide soldiers with skills to build respectful relationships and tools to apply effective communication with partners in support of April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month.”
“Traditionally, this annual training is delivered through lectures and projected slides,” the department said. “This year Quenita Samuel, 93rd Signal Brigade SHARP victim advocate, said she wanted to break tradition for a more engaging conversation with soldiers.”
SHARP, which stands for Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, is an Army program that dispels myths about sexual assault and harassment and teaches soldiers about how to prevent or report assault or harassment.
Guest speaker Mike Domitrz, who founded the Date Safe Project, performed a one-man show titled “Can I Kiss You?” to start an open dialogue about consent, respect, and sexual assault prevention through humor and personal anecdotes.
“We want to make soldiers feel more comfortable with starting a conversation about relationships and intimacy,” Samuel said in the press release. “I think they will be more receptive in a more engaging and interactive environment as opposed to a policy-driven lecture.”
“Sexual assault is a very serious subject and can be hard to openly talk about,” U.S. Army Pvt. Kamille Delgadillo added. “The way [Domitrz] incorporated humor made it easier for us to get involved and talk about what we can do to look out for each other and how to take care of sexual assault victims.”
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