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Classes started Monday at Coastal Carolina University, but incoming freshmen also got a lesson of a different kind.

Actors with a group called Theater Delta performed an interactive play that teaches college students about the issue of sexual assault.

The play touched on topics like dealing with social pressures, the difference between consensual sex and rape, and how to report sexual assault.  The scenes are set in environments that college students will likely encounter -- like parties with alcohol readily available.

Theater Delta Director Ben Saypol says the group travels to college campuses across the country, using interactive theater to enact social change.   

"Audiences will see a scene that looks very much like their reality, but then they'll get to interact with it,"  Saypol said.  "The actors remain in character and they get to question and challenge the characters about what they did in the scene and why, and after the script and interaction, we have a facilitated conversation about the issues."

This is the group's third year performing at CCU.

The play was mandatory for all incoming freshmen.

 

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