Written by Keisha Frith, Armed Forces Network Bavaria and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Pedro Landraulopez, 2d Cavalry Regiment
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program victim advocate Sgt. 1st Class Trevor Ward, 4th Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment shares what this means and their goal.
"The SHARP program brings light to an existing problem in the U.S Army," said Ward. "Addressing the problem brings ownership to the leaders of the Army."
Prevention is the ultimate goal and awareness leads to prevention.
"The SHARP program is designed to facilitate an environment in which reports can be taken by a victim advocate and services can be offered, whether that's medical, counseling or different types of behavioral health," added Ward.
Awareness lessens the likelihood of attacks by perpetrators as they struggle with the fact that they are surrounded by people who will not allow them to get away with such practices. Sexual harassment or assault will not be tolerated.
"There are a lot of people that work in our health care, behavioral community and victim advocacy that believe in the program and along with the belief and dedication they will get those affected what they need," said Ward.
Soldiers make tremendous sacrifices while few put a stain on their honor.
Victim advocates stand to protect victims, fostering an environment where reporting does take place and where they are assured of the different options available to them.
Restricted and unrestricted reporting offers a safe environment for reporting. Victim advocates protects victims.
This month emphasizes the need for every unit to get involved, thereby, fostering an environment where Soldiers can feel safe.