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Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program

What is it?
The SHARP Program promotes a climate that does not tolerate sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexually offensive language or gestures, while providing sensitive care and confidential reporting for victims of sexual assault and accountability for offenders.

What has the Army done?
The Army continues to aggressively address sexual assault issues, focusing on prevention, caring for victims, holding offenders accountable, and assessing and refining our policies and programs. The Army’s comprehensive Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program is part of Army Regulation 600-20, Army Command Policy.

Commanders are responsible for implementing their program. Commanders at the division level and higher are supported by SHARP Program Managers. Soldiers serve as deployable Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) (at brigade level) and Unit Victim Advocates (at battalion level) to assist the commander in meeting program requirements. They also provide advocacy services in a deployed environment. The victim advocacy component of the SHARP Program is led by a SARC and supported by a cadre of full-time, professional victim advocates who interact directly with victims of sexual assault and other response agencies.

What continued efforts does Army have planned for the future?
The Army continues to emphasize victim services and response capabilities, while re-dedicating its efforts to prevent sexual assaults before they occur. The Army has initiated a comprehensive sexual assault prevention campaign focused on leaders maintaining a positive command climate, which encourages peer-to-peer intervention where Soldiers do not tolerate behavior, which left unchecked, may lead to sexual assault.

Commanders will promote a change in organizational culture and command climate through the “I. A.M. (Intervene – Act – Motivate) Strong” campaign that reinforces our core values, Warriors Creed, and standards of conduct. The campaign encourages Soldiers to serve as influential role models; provides peer-to-peer messages and a social network to encourage Soldiers to participate; and offers community workshops, projects, and awards. The Secretary of the Army launched “I. A.M. Strong” at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Risk Reduction Training Summit on September 9, 2008.

Why is this important to the Army?
Sexual assault has no place in the Army. It is contrary to the Army Values and degrades mission readiness by devastating a unit’s ability to work effectively as a team.

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