24/7 sexual assault response hotline
Sexual harassment and sexual assault 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 create 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
One assault is one too many. We must foster a climate of trust that respects and protects our service members, civilians and family members. SHARP is a commander's program. We are committed to ensuring engaged leadership at all levels to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault.
SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE COORDINATOR (SARC)
A SARC is a person who is responsible for coordinating the local implementation of the SHARP Program. The SARC intakes formal harassment complaints and ensures the initiation of a formal investigation. The SARC will also assign a Victim Advocate to a victim of sexual harassment/assault. All communication with a SARC is confidential and cannot be disclosed without the consent of the client.
A Victim Advocate is a person who is there to provide information and support. All communication with a Victim Advocate is confidential and cannot be disclosed without the consent of the client.
SPECIAL VICTIM COUNSEL
A Special Victim Counsel is a specially trained legal assistance attorney certified by the Staff Judge Advocate to serve the legal assistance needs of sexual assault victims. SVCs are authorized by law to enter into attorney-client relationships with the victim and advocate for the victim's rights and interests.
Sexual assault victims are strongly encouraged to receive a medical examination as soon as possible. The medical examination enables the diagnosis and treatment of physical injuries, assessment of the emotional impact of the assault, assessment and management of any sexually transmitted diseases, and the collection of forensic evidence relevant to the assault.
A chaplain is a person that a victim can talk to in the event of a sexual harassment/assault. Although chaplains cannot take a restricted report, communication with a chaplain is privileged. Therefore chaplains are a safe resource for counseling and pastoral care.
SOLDIERS AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT (SASH)
SASH members act as confidants to victims of sexual harassment/assault. Members help to reinforce the SHARP Program's goals. SASH members are able to assist victims/survivors with current situations and remind them of the advocate services available.
DOD Sexual Assault & Prevention Office (SAPRO)
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
Veterans Crisis Line