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Sexual harrassment and sexual assault have no place in the ARMY!

To combat the increasing number of reported sexual assault incidents in the Army, the secretary of the Army introduced the I.A.M. Strong campaign at the Sexual Assault Prevention Summit in 2008. The campaign is a prevention strategy that consists of four integrated phases and has policies, procedures, trainings and assessment components.

Phase I: Commited Army Leadership
Provide training best practices and allowed commands the opportunity to develop prevention plans to support the Army Strategy

Phase II: Army Wide Conviction

Educate soldiers to understand their moral responsibility to intervene and stop sexual assault and harrassment.

Phase III: Achieving Cultural Change
Will culminate the dedicated effort of leaders and Soldiers under Phase I and Phase II by "Achieving Cultural Change" that truly reflects Army values and fosters an environment free from sexual assault and harrassment.

Phase IV: Sustainment, refinement, and Sharing
Will promote growth of the prevention program while continuing to motivate national partners to support our efforts to change generally accepted negative social behaviors.

Your options

First, what classifies sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, sexual innuendo, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

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 a person is subjected to offensive, crude, unwanted, and unsolicited comments and behavior of a sexual nature that interferes with that person’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

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:

1. Get to a safe place. If you are in need of urgent medical attention, call 911.  Brooks Army Medical Center (BAMC) at Fort Sam Houston and Methodist Transplant and Specialty Hospital in downtown San Antonio can also offer you immediate health care.

2. Contact your local SHARP representative, or call the Fort Sam Houston Sexual Assault Hotline at 210-808-7272.

3. To protect evidence, do not shower, brush your teeth, put on make up, 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.

Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to contact law enforcement.

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, chain of command, and protecting the identity of the victim.

This option is only available if you report the incident to your victim advocate, health care personnel, 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 to the chain of command 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.

Entitlements (independent of the reporting option)

  • Immediate Medical care
  • Advocacy
  • Counseling
  • Pastoral care upon request
  • Sexual assault forensic examination
  • Special Victim Counsel
  • Follow-up medical care

Unrestricted reporting victims are also entitled to:

  • Request transer from their unit
  • Law enforcement investigation into the incident
  • Military protection order
  • Civilian protection order
  • Chain of command support

Website Resources

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN)

Military OneSource

DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

The Army SHARP Program

The United States Army's Sexual Assault Prevention website.

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

ArmyOne Source serves American troops and their Families; 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year; people can call in and speak to a consultant or go online and access information or email a consultant. 1-800-464-8107

National Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response website.

Army SHARP and suicide prevention.

Army SHARP general information.