The Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program 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 Fort Meade Community.
Filing an Informal Complaint
Informal complaints of sexual harassment involve less severe or egregious incidents that can be resolved by the individual, with the help of another, and/or by the direct resolution.
Typically, these involve something a complainant believes can be resolved through discussion, problem identification, counseling, and/or clarification of the issues. Initiating an informal complaint does not require the complainant to submit anything in writing and is not subject to timelines. These cases are typically not required to be reported to higher headquarters, but aggregate data are sometimes reported to major commands. Victim Advocates (VA) and Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) have Victim Privilege MRE 514. When working with a complainant, VA and SARCs are advocating. SARCs are not trained in mediation and they are neutral due to the NOVA code of ethics.
To file an Informal Sexual Harassment Report, please contact the Fort Meade SHARP Hotline at 443-845-0876.
Filing a Formal Complaint
Formal complaints for DA Civilians, former employees, or applicants seeking employment, and certain contract employees are handled through the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) process. Details of the complaint process for Civilian personnel filing a complaint are found in AR 690-600 (Equal Employment Opportunity Discrimination Complaints). Details for military personnel filing a complaint are found in AR 600-20 (Army Command Policy) and follow the same procedures as an EEO complaint.
To file a formal Sexual Harassment Report, please contact the Fort Meade SHARP Hotline at 443-845-0876.
Submit an Anonymous Complaint
If you wish to remain 100% anonymous, you can submit one here: Submit an Anonymous Complaint
If you are a victim of sexual assault, please contact a SARC or Victim Advocate for confidential assistance using the Fort Meade SHARP Hotline at 443-845-0876.
Restricted Sexual Assault Report
We value your privacy. Restricted reporting offers Soldiers and Family members (except underage children) the option to report a sexual assault without having to notify law enforcement and protecting the identity of the victim. This reporting option is for military personnel only.
This option is only available if you report the incident to your victim advocate, medical care facility, or sexual assault response coordinator (SARC).
Unrestricted Sexual Assault Report
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. This option is for civilian and military personnel.
Entitlements (independent of the reporting option)
- Medical care
- Pastoral care upon request
- Sexual assault forensic examination
Unrestricted Reporting Victims are also Entitled to:
- Military protection order
- Legal advice
- Request transfer from their unit
- Law enforcement investigation into the incident
- Policy Letter #5 - Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP)
- Policy Memorandum #7, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program