SHARP provides comprehensive, victim-centered services and support to individuals impacted by sexual assault or sexual harassment through a timely and coordinated system of care. Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature between the same or opposite genders. Sexual assault is a crime defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat, or abuse of authority when the victim does not or cannot consent.
Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment are incompatible with the Army Values and the Warrior Ethos.
The Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, known as SHARP, exists so the Army can prevent sexual harassment and sexual assaults before they occur. Our goal is to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual harassment by creating a climate that respects the dignity of every member of the Army family. Additionally, we strive to:
Reduce the stigma of reporting
Protect the victim
Increase prevention, investigation, prosecution and victim care capabilities
Increase training and resources
Refine and sustain response capability
Sexual harassment and sexual assault are inconsistent with Army Values and will not be tolerated. One assault is one too many. We must foster a climate of trust that respects and protects our Soldiers, civilians, and family members.
We are aggressively implementing and expanding the Army's comprehensive Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program. SHARP is a commander's program. We are committed to ensuring engaged leadership at all levels to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment.