NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Department of the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (DON SAPRO) Director Jill Loftus, visited Naval Station Rota June 28 and 29.
Loftus brought a social theater group called Pure Praxis to train and empower service members on the difficult topics surrounding sexual assault prevention.
"I have used them to train on different topics throughout Department of the Navy for Marine Corps and Navy bases," said Loftus. "It's an interactive stage production and pretty innovative. We're out here to get Sailors and Marines to think about those who would report a sexual assault, the things that they go through, the courage it takes to report, how you can better serve your fellow Sailors and Marines when they do report and how to recognize ostracism and retaliation."
Pure Praxis' mission is to promote social change by using live, improvisational theater to re-create difficult real world situations so audiences can rehearse pro-active responses.
While service members participated and experienced the unorthodox performance by Pure Praxis, Loftus spoke to the community via Rota's American Forces Network radio station and met with various leaders across the installation.
Loftus' message is so important that her office was a significant key to an extreme forward change in one of the world's most popular video game franchises.
In Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, the game developers created numerous strong female characters in leadership positions that were not considered in the previous installments.
"There really are talented females out there in leadership positions with a lot of responsibilities," said Loftus. "I think this is leading to a lot more recognition that there are a lot of talented females in more responsible roles in the Navy."
Loftus is also working with Hollywood writers and producers to campaign for positive role models as part of the DON SAPRO's goal to a culture of gender respect, individual responsibility and reducing sexual assault.
"We're doing all sorts of new things," said Loftus. "We're working on some preplanned response cards for junior leaders, we have worked on a graphic novel, we're also working on some social media work and we're looking at some avatar training. There's a lot of new and innovative stuff that we're trying to look at that will keep Sailors engages in the subject, interested in the subject and not bored."
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