By Luana Mattos, Regular ContributorAugust 26, 2015
Have you ever seen a sexual assault scene on TV and thought, “What would I do if it were me?” The new video game, “Decisions That Matter: An Interactive Experience,” provides you this experience. It shows how a colleague can become an assaulter and how you can exit anytime if things get too uncomfortable using a "trigger button." The decision of staying or leaving is entirely up to you.
It's important to remember that you should never be forced to remain in a situation/place you don't feel comfortable with/in in real life, too.
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How do you react to a catcalling? I generally ignore it, but what if the man approaches or ambushes you? What if he insists and starts following you saying nasty things about you? How would react? This game gives you the opportunity to explore your reflexes and involuntary actions. Two months ago when two men approached me and my friend with a gun, I ran, and ever since that day I've been thinking in worse and best case scenarios. What if I had faced them instead of running? What if they had caught me when I ran?
All decisions matter! In real life you can't go back in time and remake them, but in this game, you can. You can see how your decisions will resound in the near future. How saying "yes" or "no" can save your life and spare you from having a traumatic experience.
I believe this game has the potential to start important conversations in schools and colleges.
It even gives boys the opportunity to put themselves in the girls' shoes and see how uncomfortable it is to be catcalled or touched without consent.
Decisions that Matter also reminds us of a very important decision: to seek help! If you've been through any of these situations described above, don't be ashamed of seeking help. Just because the circumstances in your life have casted you as a victim, it doesn't mean you have to be a victim when it comes to the story of your life. Remember: you are not just playing a part, you are the author.
To play "Decisions that Matter" go to http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/course/53-610/
Have you ever been in an uncomfortable situation like this? How did you react? How would a game like this help you in future situations? Tell us below!
Luana is Christian girl whose faith inspires her to be the best version of herself every day. Besides her work as an administrative supervisor, she is a freelance journalist and writes a column about real life experiences, focusing on topics relevant to social projects, volunteer work, and awareness campaigns for the Brazilian website www.hollywoodeaqui.com. She also had the opportunity to interview Nicholas Sparks, Wm. Paul Young and L. J. Smith.
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