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Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention Program

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

What is it?

The Army SHARP Program’s mission is to reduce with an aim toward eliminating sexual harassment and sexual assault within the Army Family through robust prevention and training, direct leader engagement in support of the SHARP Program, and consistent team coordination that can inspire trust in the SHARP response system.

What is the Army doing?

The Army continues to effectively implement the SHARP campaign in alignment with the Department of Defense/Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s five lines of effort: prevention, investigation, accountability, advocacy and assessment.

Along with continuing to strengthen the Army’s culture through the “I. A.M. Strong” prevention campaign, the Army SHARP Program is also incorporating principles of the Sergeant Major of the Army’s “Not in My Squad” initiative into the program by placing a greater emphasis on the empowerment of first-line leaders at the squad level of the Army.

On the direction of the Chief of Staff of the Army, the SHARP Program Office is hosting its inaugural SHARP Program Improvement Forum, Aug. 6 and 7, in Washington, D.C. The forum is a key component of the overarching SHARP Program Improvement Process, a new mechanism through which SHARP professionals at the Army command and installation levels can provide suggestions to enhance the Army SHARP Program. The conference serves as an avenue for validating, prioritizing and submitting the ideas for review by Headquarters, Army staff elements prior to presentation to the CSA.

What efforts are planned for the future?

The Army SHARP Program is implementing an organizational restructure that includes the creation of a new Policy and Oversight Branch that will lead the office’s efforts to create a standalone SHARP regulation, consolidate SHARP policies and guidance and provide oversight of the implementation of the SHARP Program throughout the Army. The Army is also creating a civilian line of effort, working with the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office to develop a retaliation strategy, and pursuing research to understand the dynamics of male victimization so that we can develop strategies to address it properly.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army SHARP Program is the Army senior leadership’s number one priority. The SHARP Program must continually evolve to sustain momentum and achieve the Army’s goals and objectives of eliminating sexual harassment and assault from the ranks.


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