A project seeking to reduce sexual violence victimization among adolescent girls is casting three educational short films. Researchers in the UWindsor psychology department are auditioning actors for six lead and six secondary roles — these positions carry an honorarium — as well as 25 unpaid extras.
The films are part of a larger Public Health Agency of Canada-funded project to adapt the Enhanced Assess Acknowledge Act sexual assault resistance program (“Flip the Script”) for adolescent girls, says organizer Sara Crann, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology.
“Since the project began in October 2018, we have completed two studies with adolescent girls age 14-17 years old to inform how Flip the Script needs to be adapted for younger participants,” she says. “The findings from these studies resulted in adaptations of the films used in the program to make them more relevant for a teen audience.”
The films focus on the events and actions that can lead to acquaintance sexual assault and are aimed at a high school audience, meaning the actors should be or appear to be between 16 and 18 years old. Actors under the age of 18 must have written consent from a parent or guardian.
Dr. Crann and her team invite auditions by video of three to five minutes by March 16 to PACauditions@uwindsor.ca. In-studio auditions will run Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17 and 18.