|Program Title||No is a Complete Sentence|
|Overview||No is a Complete Sentence is a brand-new interactive skill-building performance that focuses on the issue of stalking as a form of intimate partner violence. It helps audience members recognize predatory strategies, learn how to end a relationship with a stalker, and allows students to practice assertive communication strategies. It is currently performed by students at California State University of Long Beach.|
|program name||level of evidence"Supported by evidence, promising direction or emerging"||bystander"Bystander programs engage men and women not (primarily) as potential perpetrators or victims, but rather as potential bystanders to situations involving sexual or intimate partner violence. Bystander prevention programs presume that all members of the community have a role in shifting norms to prevent violence.... The bystander model includes tools and ideas for action and strongly encourages each person to make a difference." (Gibbons & Evans, 2013, page 5)||empathy"Empathy-based programs give participants the skills to understand sexual violence, provide compassionate responses to disclosures, and reduce the likelihood of sexual assault perpetration by males." (Gibbons & Evans, 2013, page 4)||dispelling
rape myths"These programs address common misconceptions and myths about circumstances, causes, and realities of sexual violence. Topics often include rates of assault and reporting, definitions of consent, and clarifying common circumstances of assault." (Gibbons & Evans, 2013)
|alcoholThese programs discuss the role alcohol plays in sexual violence and how drinking impacts the communication of consent.||otherAdditional topics of focus are listed here.|
|No is a Complete Sentence||Promising Direction||X||X||focuses on stalking|
|Author||Marc D. Rich|
The performance features multiple interactive scenes where audience members enroll as bystanders and join the actor-educators on stage to intervene and prevent relationship violence. In addition, there is a PowerPoint presentation on predatory strategies, and an original video collage of stalking in popular culture that illuminates how Hollywood has used the genre of romantic comedies to minimize this crime. The context for the interactive scenes is college dating and stalking, and there are heterosexual and LGBT scenes included. After the performance, the actor-educators lead a discussion with audience members.
One performance, 75 minutes in length
While the performance can be held in front of a large group, a smaller audience might contribute to a more intimate experience.
Undergraduates, graduate students, men, women, greek, athletes
|Theoretical basis for approach||
The curriculum was influenced by the NYTimes bestseller The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker, a leading national expert in stalking. His firm handles the highest-risk stalking cases in the U.S. The curriculum was also informed by current research in threat assessment and stalking, and the clear need for the development and assessment of stalking prevention programs for colleges. The bystander interventions used in this program are informed by research in a variety of interactive theatre models, including Theatre of the Oppressed, Psychodrama, and Drama Therapy.
Initial evaluation through one-group pre/posts tests and qualitative interviews has demonstrated that participants enjoyed the presentation, could identify predatory strategies, and felt it was relevant to their lives. A journal article detailing these results is forthcoming.
|Participating colleges and universities||
California State University, Long Beach
|Considerations for administrators||
Theatrical performances like this one a great way to enhance cross-departmental collaborations on the issue of sexual violence: the theater department can work with anti-violence student groups and the Title IX office. That we know of, there are no other educational programs that focus solely on stalking, making this program very unique.
|How to access this program||
No is a Complete Sentence is performed by a troupe based out of California State University at Long Beach. They accept requests to perform around the country for audiences as big as 1,400 people. For each performance they require airfare, accommodations, ground transportation and a stipend. For more information, contact Marc D. Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org.