Testimonials

* SAPR – Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

 

“This is the first time I’ve seen Pure Praxis. I’ve done a lot of training and this was by far the best one. Other trainings say they’re going to need you to participate but all they do is a Q&A. Pure Praxis is different because you get people engaged and actually make them a part of the show. Giving us the opportunity to feel and see, ‘hmm I could actually be a bystander, I actually could intervene.’ They had no idea they were going to do it but they got up there and did something different. So that right there instills a little bit of courage, not only in the people who went up there but for the people in the audience.”

AC2 Cecilia Rosas (Navy)

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“I’ve gotten more out of this than I have out of any SHARP training in 20 years.”

Sergeant First Class Ocasio (Army)

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“A lot of times in the Navy, we’ve got presentations by PowerPoint to all of our collective deaths. And while there have been attempts at interactive presentations, this was without a doubt the most interactive and captivating presentation. I can say that for every person in this room, this type of presentation will last through their entire career. ”

EC2 Ketcham (Navy)

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“I learned from the awesome training that our ideas can actually help and encourage people to come forward. It was fun and a new experience.”

 
Anthony Web; Stanford University: Student

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“The Pure Praxis presentation was awesome and rather spectacular. The theatrical recreation of scenarios was fabulous and I personally was impacted by your performance. With over 21 years of active duty service so far, I feel that this was a very proactive and engaging event. I definitely endorse this being further disseminated to the Troops throughout the Fleet.’”

CPO Travis Teahon (Navy)

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“I thought it was great! Really brings a new perspective on the training. I really loved the crowd interaction.”

 
Trevor Anderson; Hawaii University: Civilian

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“I learned from the awesome training that our ideas can actually help and encourage people to come forward. Especially being up on stage today it was fun and a new experience and exciting to know that anyone can help and change the course of their healing process,”

ET2 Gregory Frasier (Navy)

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“I thought the program was really really good.  I think it was really interactive and I like that you involved a lot of people, but the biggest thing that I thought was the most important was that the situation was really realistic…not just for Army, but for any situation.  You can have friends who aren’t Army who treat you the same way and people may think that it’s dramatic but that’s realistic.  It happens…I’ve seen it happen.  It definitely pushes little buttons sometimes but I think it’s supposed to.  I think that’s the whole point of doing this and I applaud you guys for coming out and doing this in front of groups of people because this is an important issue that people need to be made aware of.”

Sgt Bonnee, 115th Combat Support Hospital (Army)

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“What I liked about the training was the professionalism and talent of the actors. When I first saw them on stage, I thought they were real Sailors. I asked them after the show and found out that they aren’t from prior Military. I’m impressed that they picked up the regular Sailors’ language, how they acted and carried themselves. That is very applicable to the Sailors in the audience. The Sailors can directly relate because of the language and the way the actors talk. That made a real connection and I really liked it.”

LSC Krysinski, (Navy)

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“This is my first time seeing this show. I am shaking because I became emotional by just watching. This is a great reminder of how important this education training is, reinstating those values and what we should know. This is something all students and all faculty should be watching”.

Sarah Wyman; Golden West Community College: Professor

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“I just can’t say one thing about the training. It’ll put that situation in front of you and you can see how we all feel about and think about it. If you can’t look at the ugliness and it makes you feel ashamed, you can now stand up and say ‘that’s wrong.’  It was great. To have the Sailors see what’s going on and connect with the people on stage, not to be bored, witnessing something that ever-changing and interactive really get the Sailors out of their element. They are put on the spot where the situation is going on in front of them and you need to make a decision and stand up to what they know is wrong. This kind of training can be used not only with sexual assault prevention but with anything where you need to speak up, help out, and reach out to those in need. I hope to see their next show.”

HM Brozovich (Navy)

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“Outstanding. I wish all trainings could be like this. The Sailors and civilians really enjoyed it.”

Command Master Chief Domino (Navy)

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“I thought the show was great! I appreciate it and I know the students love it. I think it is key for any training is for the students to love it.”

 
Maria Gonzalez; USC: Student

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“It was THE best SAPR training I’ve received to date. Great interaction between the group and the audience. DOD should make this mandatory.”

Lieutenant Colonel Claudio (Marines)

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“I thought your program was awesome. It really kind of tackled a lot of those kind of uncomfortable situations that we may or may not face and it really, I think, gave us all the tools on how to deal with that stuff. We really appreciate you guys coming out.”

Major McCarthy (Army)

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“This beats out us speaking to the crowd. It’s very interactive. You all did a fantastic job. No one was texting on their phone…all their attention was on the stage.”

Staff Sergeant Gallegos (Army)

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“I thought it was one of the best presentations on this subject that we’ve had. We need to have more of these types of training’s. All I can say is Wow…just WOW!!!!!”

 Betsey Ling; Stanford University: Professor

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“I thought it was amazing, I loved it! Very informative and amazing acting. This is a good way of showing ways to intervene without being physical..without being a ‘Marine’.”

Private First Class Ebron (Marines)

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“I have always tried to make a difference but the fight can’t be all on me. Every time I see a training like your group put on, I realize there is one more of us and one less of them. Thank you for what you do.”

Anonymous Victim Advocate

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“In my 11 years of service, this was the best training I’ve ever experienced.  Usually, SAPR training is so watered down.  You nailed it.  The performance was organic, almost too natural at times.  Sheno’s aggression bothered me.  It evoked emotion, effecting all the Sailors around me.  As a Senior NCO, I’ve seen that kind of scenario happen.”

Construction Mechanic Petty Officer 1st Class Harris (Navy)

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         “I thought the training was on point in all senses. It brought a new perspective and it was good to see the crowd provide some strategies to each other. This training gave us the opportunity to try something new. ”

Ada Tela;YMCA Santa Monica: Director of Events

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“It was great, much better than death by PowerPoint which I can practically quote word for word. Your training was professional with a diverse cast, it came to life because you involved us. You kept us awake and allowed us to address questions, especially about reporting. You cleared things up in a real creative way.”

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Arterberry (Navy)

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