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Army Sexual Harassment /Assault Response & Prevention Program

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"This is clearly a long-term endeavor. Development or transformation of security capacity does not happen overnight, and in many cases will happen on an African, not an American, timetable."

- Gen. William E. "Kip" Ward, outlines the mission focus of U.S. Africa Command as adding value to African nations by improving their military capacities and to help them achieve their short- and long-term goals

General outlines U.S. mission, challenges in Africa

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. The suicidal person is balancing between the desire to live and the desire to end the pain. Our goal as chaplains is to restore hope to a person going through a crisis, thus tipping the scales back in favor of life."

- Chaplain (Maj.) Damon Onellion, the North Community Family Life Chaplain, who has been in the service for 25 years, highlighting the important role a Chaplain plays in the Army to help prevent suicides amongst Soldiers

Resiliency services work to combat suicides with prevention programs

CALENDAR

July 2010

July 27: 57 th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement

July 27: Army Medicine Birthday

August 2010

Anti Terrorism Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month


Aug 26: Women's Equality Day

Aug 31: End of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF); Transition to Stability Operations

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

Army Sexual Harassment /Assault Response & Prevention Program

What is it?

The Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program is in high gear with several ongoing activities including the sponsorship of two Army-wide entertainment events, the U.S. Army Soldier Show and the Army Concert Tour.

What is the Army doing?

The Soldier Show, which runs through November 6th, offering a wide range of popular music and stage spectacles to Soldiers and families on Army installations worldwide.

The Army SHARP Program's "I. A.M. Strong" campaign is a proud sponsor of the Soldier Show which contains three motivational "I. A.M. Strong" commercials during each performance, featuring songs written and performed by Soldier/rap artist Sgt. Daniel "Danny Bee" Bullock. Soldiers, their family members and Army civilians can also enter a sweepstakes - just visit the SHARP website and complete a survey. After completion, patrons can enter for a chance to win a grand prize vacation at the Shades of Green Resort in Orlando, Fl.

The Army Concert Tour consists of six performances between May 29th and September 4th and features such headline acts as Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert and Sammy Hagar. With the help of installation BOSS Soldiers, the "I. A.M. Strong" campaign is extremely visible with tents, banners, posters, cards, brochures and T-shirts -- all intended to raise awareness among all patrons and encourage them to intervene, act, and motivate others to prevent sexual assault.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army's goal is to eliminate sexual harassment and sexual assault from the Army and make the Army sexual assault prevention program a model for the rest of the nation. Leaders must establish a command climate of prevention predicated on mutual respect and trust, that recognizes and embraces diversity, and that values the contributions of all of its members. Above all, leaders at all levels must charge their Soldiers to Intervene - Act- Motivate!

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

To integrate the program across the Army, a SHARP concept plan is currently under review that will provide deployable, government civilian full-time manning down to the brigade level.

Also, the Army G-1 has authorized a military training team (MTT) to begin training SHARP personnel in all Army organizations. The MTT has a very aggressive timeline to train over 17,000 personnel between Sept. 10 and Aug. 11.

All Army commands, Army service component commands, and direct reporting units have been directed to immediately appoint a command-level SHARP point of contact for the training and ensure all subordinate commands also provide a representative to attend the MTT 80-hour course.

Resources:

Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response website

STAND-TO! edition, March 29, 2010: National Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month

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