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‘Can I Kiss You?’ raises sexual assault awareness

By Staff Sgt. Patrice Clarke

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

An important question will be posed to Schriever members next week. “Can I kiss you?” a stage show by author and professional speaker Mike Domitrz, takes place April 19 in the Bldg. 300 Auditorium at 1 and 2:30 p.m.

“The program uses humor to address sensitive issues like healthy dating, consent and bystander intervention,” said Paula Krause, 50th Space Wing sexual assault response coordinator. “Mike Domitrz discusses why asking first makes all the difference and teaches the audience how to ask.”

According to the program’s website, Domitrz uses role-playing with audience members and his portrayal of intriguing characters on stage to turn what is often labeled as a silent issue into an engaging and thought-provoking event.

Though the event is targeted toward young Airmen and company grade officers, Krause stresses that everyone should attend.

“While the younger generation, especially those who are still dating are considered the target audience all are encouraged to attend,” she said. “Anyone who wants to learn how to be a more caring and romantic partner should also come to the show. Can I Kiss You? shows how getting consent first is the most logical, caring and romantic choice a person can make.”

The show is interactive and audience members are encouraged to participate. The first 12 attendees at each show will receive a free t-shirt. Other giveaways are also available.

“This program is important because it not only addresses important issues but it gives the audience members the necessary tools to handle these issues,” said Krause.

According to the program’s website, Domitrz is an award winning author and publisher. His first book May I kiss You, a dating book for teenagers dealing with intimacy and decision making, opened witho rave reviews from college students to parents to members of the military.

Each year, Domitrz works closely with school systems, university campuses and community organizations (service groups and crisis centers) to help improve their ability to create long lasting change for teenagers and adults alike.

For more information contact the SARC at 567-7634.

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