Sexual harassment and sexual assault violate everything the U.S. Army stands for including our Army Values and Warrior Ethos. The Army is aggressively addressing sexual assaults by first focusing on prevention through education and training. Army leaders encourage reporting and work hard to reduce the stigma associated with sexual violence. Once reported, the Army focuses on care for victims and thorough investigations and prosecutions to hold offenders accountable. The Army continually assesses the effectiveness of its sexual harassment/assault response and prevention efforts to ensure the Army is meeting the needs of the Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, family members and the nation.

For additional information, visit Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention website @ www.preventsexualassault.army.mil

CSA'S FIVE IMPERATIVES

In alignment with the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Strategy, the following five imperatives will drive Army actions:

  • Prevent offenders from committing crimes, provide compassionate care for victims, and protect the rights and privacy of survivors

  • Report every allegation and ensure it is thoroughly and professionally investigated; take appropriate action based on the investigation

  • Create a positive climate and an environment of trust and respect in which every person can thrive and achieve their full potential

  • Hold every individual, every unit and organization, and every Commander appropriately accountable for their behavior, actions and inactions

  • The chain of command must remain fully engaged - they are centrally responsible and accountable for solving the problems of sexual assault and harassment within our ranks and for restoring the trust of our Soldiers, civilians, and families

SHARP Top 10

The SHARP Top 10 are designed to further individuals' and leaders' understanding and guide leader actions:

  • Sexual assault and harassment represent an insider threat with the potential to cause significant, irreparable harm to our Army.

  • The Army Profession demands leaders of high competence and high character.

  • Standards and discipline are the cornerstones of a positive unit climate.

  • We must consistently enforce all policies related to sexual assault and harassment.

  • We need to clearly "see" ourselves; leaders must continually assess the command climate and environment within their units or organizations.

  • We must execute prevention policies, training initiatives, and education programs in order to get to the left of any incident.

  • The chain of command is obligated to protect and advocate for victims, beginning with an initial report and until the victim decides he or she no longer requires assistance.

  • We must thoroughly and professionally investigate each report and take appropriate action.

  • Commanders must create and maintain a positive command climate with trust and respect as the foundation.

  • The crimes of sexual assault and harassment can only be solved by a committed chain of command led by dedicated commanders and command sergeants major.

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