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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.


Your options

First, what classifies sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, verbal comments, and physical conduce of a sexual nature where submission to or rejection of them can impact or interfere with someone's job, pay, or career.  Guidelines apply 24/7, on or the off-installation. 

Sexual assault and sexual harassment are not the same, although they are related to each other.

Two types of sexual harassment:

Quid pro quo
Refers to conditions placed on a person’s career or terms of employment in return for sexual favors.

Hostile environment
Sexual harassment occurs when personnel are subjected to offensive, unwanted, and unsolicited comments or behaviors of a sexual nature.  Guidelines apply 24/7, on or off the installation.  

What can I do?

In the event of sexual harassment:

In order to stop sexual harassment, the aggrieved is encouraged to make an informal sexual harassment complaint. Report the inappropriate behavior to your chain of command through your SHARP representative. If you are a civilian, report the behavior immediately to your supervisor, or to the Equal Employment Opportunity office.

If the behavior persists, file a formal sexual harassment complaint through your brigade SHARP representative. If you are a civilian, report the incident to your Equal Employment Opportunity office.

In the event of sexual assault:

Sexual assault is intentional sexual contact characterized by the use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent.  Guidelines apply 24/7, on or the off-installation.

1. Get to a safe place. If you are in need of urgent medical attention, call 911. If you are not injured, you still need medical assistance to protect your health.   Contact the Picatinny Arsenal SHARP at 862-210-0296 or the Morris County Sexual Assault Center at 973-829-0587 to help assist you in getting immediate health care.

2. Contact your local SHARP representative at 973-724-3463, or call the Picatinny Arsenal Sexual Assault Hotline at 862-210-0296.

3. To protect evidence, we ask that you do not shower, brush your teeth, put on makeup, eat, or drink, or change clothes until advised to do so. You, or your SHARP representative may report the crime to Army or local law enforcement once a reporting option has been decided


Restricted sexual assault report:

We value your privacy.  Restricted reporting offers Soldiers and Family members 18 years and older the option to report a sexual assault without having to notify law enforcement and protecting the identity of the victim.

This option is only available to Military members and their family members 18 years and older.  

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.  The unrestricted reporting option is available to Soldiers, their Family members 18 years and older, Department of the Army Civilians (DAC)*, and Non-appropriated Fund employees (NAF)*.

Entitlements (independent of the reporting option)

  • Medical care
  • Counseling
  • Pastoral care upon request
  • Sexual assault forensic examination

Unrestricted reporting victims are also entitled to:

  • Military protection order
  • Legal advice
  • Request transer from their unit
  • Law enforcement investigation into the incident

    *some restrictions may apply


Website Resources

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN)

Military OneSource

DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

The Department of Defense Sexual Assault Help Line. Provides anonymous help online, by phone or by text.