- SHARP (Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program)
The Armed Forces’ Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program is the Armed Forces’ integrated, proactive effort to end the crimes of sexual harassment and sexual assault within our ranks. Sexual harassment and sexual assault have no place in the Armed Forces. If you have been the victim of sexual harassment or sexual assault, you have a voice, you have rights, and we’re here to help.
The Armed Forces’ SHARP Program also:
- Permeates the Armed Forces structure from the Pentagon down to the individual Soldier level.
- Has full-time military and civilian staff at the brigade level and higher.
- Promotes cultural change across the Armed Forces, with a vision toward a culture of dignity and respect in which Soldiers, Civilians and Family Members intervene in potential situations that could result in sexual harassment and sexual assault to protect one another.
- Includes a comprehensive effort to educate leaders and Soldiers about sexual harassment and sexual assault.
- Employs a concrete training program that teaches Soldiers and Civilians to be alert to serial offender tactics, to intervene to stop incidents and disrupt offenders, and where and how to seek help.
- Provides commanders with the essential resources, education, and training they need to succeed in bringing an end to sexual harassment and sexual assault within their units and build a command culture in which these crimes are not tolerated.
We have certified Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) and Victim Advocates (VAs) available 24/7 to help with reporting, victim support, prevention, training, and awareness efforts.
For more information about SHARP, visit sexualassault.army.mil.
More Helpful Resources:
- U.S. Armed Forces Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program
- U.S. DoD Sexual Assault Prevention & Response
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: +1 (800)656-HOPE (4673)
- Center for Sex Offender Management
- Men Can Stop Rape +1(202) 265-6530
- National Center on Domestic & Sexual Violence (military resources) +1 (512)407-9020
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center +1 (877)739-3895
- Rape Abuse & Incest National Network +1 (800)656-4673 ext. 3
- Rape & Sexual Assault: Reporting to Police & Medical Attention, 1992-2000, Bureau of Justice Statistics, US DoJ
- Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team
- Sexual Assault State Coalitions
- Quid pro quo
Refers to conditions placed on a person’s career or terms of employment in return for sexual favors.
- Hostile environment
Sexual harassment occurs when a person is subjected to offensive, crude, unwanted, and unsolicited comments and behavior of a sexual nature that interferes with that person’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
- What do I do?
In the Event of Sexual Harassment
- In order to stop sexual harassment, the aggrieved is encouraged to report the inappropriate behavior to your chain of command through your SHARP representative. Once you have spoken with your SHARP representative it is strictly your choice to choose Informal or Formal reporting option. If you are a civilian, report the behavior immediately to your supervisor, or to the Equal Employment Opportunity office.
- If the behavior persists, file a formal sexual harassment complaint through your brigade SHARP representative. If you are a civilian, report the incident to your Equal Employment Opportunity office.
In the Event of Sexual Assault
- Get to a safe place. If you are in need of urgent medical attention, call 911. If you are not injured, you still need medical assistance to protect your health. Carl R. Darnell Army Medical Center (CRDAMC) on Fort Hood can offer you immediate health care. Any medical facility within the surrounding area will assist you when reporting to the Emergency Department.
- Contact your local SHARP representative, or call the Fort Hood SHARP Hotline at +1 (254)319-4671.
- To protect evidence, do not shower, brush your teeth, put on makeup, eat, or drink, or change clothes until advised to do so. You or your SHARP representative may report the crime to Army or local law enforcement.
Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to contact law enforcement.
Restricted Sexual Assault
We value your privacy. Restricted Reporting offers Soldiers and Family members (except children under the age of 18) the option to report a sexual assault without having to notify law enforcement and protecting the identity of the victim.
This option is only available if you report the incident to your victim advocate, medical care facility, or sexual assault response coordinator (SARC).
- Medical care
- Pastoral care upon request
- Sexual assault forensic examination
Unrestricted Sexual Assault
Unrestricted Reporting is the military’s preferred reporting method because it provides the widest latitude to help and protect victims of sexual assault. Through the unrestricted option, details of the incident are kept confidential and are only disclosed on a need to know basis. An unrestricted report triggers an investigation so that offenders may be held accountable and the safety of the victim is ensured.
- Medical care
- Pastoral care upon request
- Sexual assault forensic examination
- Military protection order
- Legal advice
- Request transfer from their unit
- Law enforcement investigation into the incident
- Prevent offenders from committing crimes, provide compassionate care for victims, and protect the rights and privacy of survivors.
- Report every allegation and ensure it is thoroughly and professionally investigated; take appropriate action based on the investigation.
- Create a positive climate and an environment of trust and respect in which every person can thrive and achieve their full potential.
- Hold every individual, every unit and organization, and every Commander appropriately accountable for their behavior, actions and inactions.
- The chain of command must remain fully engaged - they are centrally responsible and accountable for solving the problems of sexual assault and harassment within our ranks and for restoring the trust of our Soldiers, Civilians, and Families.
- Sexual assault and harassment represent an insider threat with the potential to cause significant, irreparable harm to our Army.
- The Army Profession demands leaders of high competence and high character.
- Standards and discipline are the cornerstones of a positive unit climate.
- We must consistently enforce all policies related to sexual assault and harassment.
- We need to clearly "see" ourselves; leaders must continually assess the command climate and environment within their units or organizations.
- We must execute prevention policies, training initiatives, and education programs in order to get to the left of any incident.
- The chain of command is obligated to protect and advocate for victims, beginning with an initial report and until the victim decides he or she no longer requires assistance.
- We must thoroughly and professionally investigate each report and take appropriate action.
- Commanders must create and maintain a positive command climate with trust and respect as the foundation.
- The crimes of sexual assault and harassment can only be solved by a committed chain of command led by dedicated commanders and command sergeants major.
Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, sexual innuendo, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Sexual assault and sexual harassment are not the same, although they are related to each other.
Two Types of Sexual Harassment
CSA's Imperatives to Eliminate Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
In alignment with the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Strategy, the following five imperatives will drive Army actions:
SHARP's Top 10
Designed to further individual's and leader's understanding and guide leader actions: