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SHARP Program Improvement Forum

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What is it?

The Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program Office establishes effective strategies, develops plans, and formulates policies for the continued improvement of SHARP programs throughout the Army.

The Army SHARP Program Office is hosting the third annual SHARP Program Improvement Forum Aug. 30-31, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. This event brings together SHARP Program Managers (PMs) and leads Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) to learn and share best practices and ideas.

The theme for this year’s Forum is “Mission Possible: TRUST – Implementing a Holistic Program”. This theme speaks to the Army’s commitment to maintaining transparency, reliability, and unsurpassed excellence while successfully enabling mission ready teams.

What has the Army done?

Thousands of Army SHARP professionals work with commanders and unit personnel to raise awareness and educate military communities on how to prevent sexual violence. The SHARP first responders provide victims of sexual assault with the support they need to report, obtain medical care, and seek offender accountability through the military justice system.

What continued efforts are planned for the future?

The Army has a strong response network in place. Now, the Army is focusing on prevention through a multifaceted sexual assault prevention strategy that includes:

  • Piloting of a new leader development program
  • Implementation of studies to assess installation risk factors
  • Development of innovative training tactics
  • Increased focus on male sexual assault through awareness and outreach

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army values its people and is dedicated to eliminating detractors to mission readiness, such as sexual assault and harassment. The Army leadership wants to ensure SHARP professionals are adequately equipped to assist command teams in their prevention efforts and respond to incidents when they occur. In support, the Army is continually investing in the education and training of its most valuable weapon – people – in its war against sexual violence in the ranks.


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