SHARP

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Sexual harassment and sexual assault has no place in the Army. Commanders and leaders at all levels are responsible for providing a safe and healthy environment for those in their charge. This responsibility requires leaders to take action to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault, protect and support survivors, and hold offenders accountable by taking all appropriate administrative and judicial actions based on the facts and circumstances of each case.

The US Army’s SHARP Mission

Enhance Army readiness through the prevention of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and associated retaliatory behaviors while providing comprehensive response capabilities.

The US Army's SHARP Program

  • Is an integrated, proactive effort by the Army to end sexual harassment and sexual assault within its ranks.
  • Includes specially educated and trained staff at multiple levels within the Army structure.
  • Promotes cultural change across the Army with a vision toward a culture of discipline and respect in which Soldiers intervene in sexual harassment and sexual assault to protect one another.
  • Includes a comprehensive program to educate leaders and Soldiers about how to prevent and respond to incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) and Victim Advocates (VAs) receive training certified by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP) and are credentialed through the DOD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP). SARCs and VAs assist Soldiers with sexual assault reports, providing a 24/7 response capability. These professionals also support commanders with prevention, training and awareness efforts.

8A SHARP Mission

Support all Soldiers, Civilians and Families Members through the SHARP Lines of Effort (prevention, advocacy, investigation, accountability and assessment), in order to enhance readiness and eliminate sexual harassment and sexual assault across Eighth Army. Provide superior service through education, awareness, assessments, intervention and continuous engagement. Ensure leadership is equipped with knowledge, data, and resources in order to effect culture change, and promote Army Values and Warrior Ethos.

  • I need to talk to someone: on-call SARC/VA is standing by 24/7/365
    • 8A 24/7 SHARP Response Hotline:
      DSN: 158 or 763-5700
      Cell/Landline: 0503-363-5700
    • DoD Safe Helpline:
      877-995-5247
  • How do I File a Sexual Harassment Complaint
    • I am a Soldier:
    • - You can file a Formal, Informal or Anonymous Complaint
    • - A Soldier may file a sexual harassment complaint on behalf of a Family member.
    • I am an Army Civilian:
    • You can file a Formal and Informal complaint. Contact your EEO Counselor within 45 calendar days of an alleged discriminatory action.
    • I am a Korean Employees (working in the USFK Installation):
    • Please contact your management or chain of Command or HR for assistance.
    • *** Call 8A 24/7 SHARP Response Hotline: DSN: 158 or 763-5700 or Cell/Landline: 0503-363-5700 for further assistance.
  • How do I report a Sexual Assault
    • All sexual assault survivors who contact SHARP professionals for assistance, regardless of their military status, will be given all necessary assistance, support, and access to resources permitted by law and policy

    • I am a Soldier:
    • - You have Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting Option.
    • - Please contact your Unit SARC or VA, or call 8A SHARP Response hotline for immediate assistance.
    • I am an Adult Dependent of a Soldier (over 18 y/o) :
    • - You have Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting Option.
    • - For survivor of sexual assault perpetrated by a spouse or intimate partner OR Family members under the age of 18 who are sexually assaulted. – will be assisted by your local Family Advocacy Program.
    • - Please contact your Unit SARC or VA, or call 8A SHARP Response hotline for immediate assistance.
    • I am a Army Civilian or a US Contractor:
    • - DA Civilians and their Family members 18 years of age and older, and U.S. citizen DoD contractor personnel when they are stationed and authorized to perform duties OCONUS authorized to currently have Unrestricted Reporting Option.
    • - Please contact your Unit SARC or VA, or call 8A SHARP Response hotline for immediate assistance.
    • I am a Korean Employees (working in the USFK Installation):
    • - You may report the sexual assault incident to local law enforcement, depending on the jurisdiction.
    • - You may contact your Unit SARC or VA, or call 8A SHARP Response hotline for resource referral.
    • I am a KATUSA:
    • - You may report the sexual assault incident to your (ROK) Chain of Command, or US Chain of Command, who will also engage your local ROK Support Officer to provide further assistance.
    • - You may contact your Unit SARC or VA, or call 8A SHARP Response hotline for resource referral.
    • ***8A 24/7 SHARP Response Hotline: DSN: 158 or 763-5700 or Cell/Landline: 0503-363-5700 for further assistance.
  • I Want to Help Someone
    • How Can I Help if I Witness Something? Take Action!
    • 1. Notice the event.
    • 2. Interpret the event as a problem.
    • 3. Decide on how to intervene - direct, distract, delegate - and take action!
    • Don’t forget the 3D’s of Bystander Intervention
    • Direct

    • Address the perpetrator: "You need to stop." "Why would you say that?" "That is so inappropriate."
    • Remove either party from the situation/ hostile environment (potential victim or perpetrator): "Hey, I want to show you something. Come over here with me.”
    • Have personal courage to intervene: "I don’t see how XYZ is relevant or appropriate to this conversation.
    • Do anything that distracts the perpetrator; change the subject, ask either person to go do something, or say, "I think someone is coming."
    • Delegate

    • Delegate the intervention to others; have friends, squad/section members, or coworkers take wither person out of the situation.
    • Send someone for help to intervene (Chain of Command, MPs, etc.)