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Chaparral Encore Players talk tough about dating conflict, respect

PARKER – One of the most difficult topics during a student’s teenage years is dating. While so much of that dialogue is shared between parents and students, it is rare for students to talk to their peers about the great responsibility they have of being respectful with each other.

The toughness of that conversation is the motivation behind ‘The Outrage,’ a project produced by the Chaparral High School Encore Players theatre group and the Douglas County School District (DCSD) students health and wellness department.

The 20-minute play, which is intended exclusively for high school student audiences, discusses the responsibility of a student to respect someone they are emotionally invested with. Through pointed statistics and powerful reenactments of teen dating confrontations, the CHS Encore Players intend to get an oft-unspoken conversation out in the open while also providing a voice to peers who may have felt voiceless before.

“It’s shocking how many women know their attackers, or how many teens are forced into doing things they don’t want,” said CHS Encore Players Senior Anderson Khalid. “This gets those stats out in the open, while also helping us think about verbal abuse and helping you understand how you behave in relationships. It made me want to be a better person in my dating relationships.”

The title comes from the ‘Outrage’ that so few teens talk to one another about touchy topics such as rape, sexual assault and consent. While many students choose to not date in high school, the presentation is something all students, no matter their age, can learn from, according to CHS Senior Morgan Evans.

“In high school, that’s where we’re finding ourselves [and discovering] who we want to be for the rest of our lives,” she said. “If we’re educated with information that helps us for rest of lives, we’ll be better people.”

The players hope someday, with the blessing of DCSD staff members and decision makers, they will have the opportunity to share this with every tenth grade student in the District.

January 3, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Health Wellness and Prevention

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