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.