OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --
The U.S. Navy theater Group “Pure Praxis” visited Osan to perform a theatrical rendition of bystander intervention June 21.
Pure Praxis traveled nationwide to military installations to perform situations relatable to military service members such as a friend sharing about sexual assault and how to react in such a situation.
“We’re very fortunate to have an amazing group of professionals to showcase this theater performance,” said Col. Shane Prater, 7th Air Force commander of manpower, personnel and services. “They gave some techniques on bystander intervention, which helps our Airmen.”
Throughout the event, actors roleplayed different avenues of engagement to combat bystander inaction and even had the audience participate onstage.
In addition, the actors gave tips to the audience on assisting as a bystander. Tips included to ask if the person is okay, ask if they need help and assure them that he or she is there to help.
“It’s different because the actors relate to the younger people we have in the crowd,” said 1st Lt. Anna Helmkamp, 7th AF deputy director of manpower, personnel and services. “They even give people a chance to actually think about how they would react in these situations and act it out.”
Some situations performed were sexual assault allegations and the effect it has on friendships and relationships, different to standard SAPR training.
“It was very funny and it was relatable, said Helmkamp. “I actually felt like situations like these are what Airmen could experience, and it got people involved and to actively think about their course of action.