SHARP app puts help in Soldiers' hands
By Noelle WieheDecember 15, 2014
Army News Service
FORT BENNING -- A new Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) "WeCare" app was developed for the Army.
The app supplies users with hotline numbers, links and manuals to aid in seeking support during a difficult time, whether it is a suicidal situation or case of sexual assault.
The app is available for Android and iPhone systems and offers such hotlines as the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline and the Department of Defense Safe Helpline. Previously, SHARP relied on banners on websites and on bridges to spread the word about their services.
An important number found on the app is the SHARP Hotline, and the line is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Within the SHARP program are Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) and Victim Advocates (VAs), who are assigned to each brigade.
The SHARP program follows a process, which the WeCare app makes much more efficient. If a situation arises, a person would pull up the app and tap to call the appropriate hotline to address their crisis. From there, paperwork is done, including a victim preference statement as to whether they'd like to file a restricted or unrestricted report.
A restricted report allows the individual to get help without involving the police or their chain of command, while an unrestricted report does involve them and an official investigation.
The WeCare app can be download by searching for "WeCare app" in the Apple iTunes App Store or Google Android Market.