The SHARP Program's mission is to reduce with an aim toward eliminating sexual offenses within the Army through cultural change, prevention, intervention, investigation, accountability, advocacy/response, assessment, and training to sustain the All-Volunteer Force.
The Army's SHARP Program
Is an integrated, proactive effort by the Army to end to sexual harassment and sexual assault within its ranks
Permeates the Army structure from the Pentagon down to the individual Soldier level
Has full-time staff at brigade level and above
Promotes cultural change across the Army with a vision toward a culture of discipline and respect in which Soldiers intervene in sexual harassment and sexual assault to protect one another
Includes a comprehensive effort to educate leaders and Soldiers about sexual harassment and sexual assault
Employs a concrete training program that teaches them to be alert to serial offender tactics, to intervene to stop incidents and disrupt offenders, and where and how to seek help.
Provides commanders with the essential resources, education, and training they need to succeed in bringing an end to sexual harassment and sexual assault in the Army
As part of the Army's SHARP Program, commanders have the ultimate responsibility for command climate and culture, safety, prevention and response efforts, accountability, assessment, and safe reporting.
Through the SHARP Program, the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff, Army implement guidance from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and changes in law via policies and procedures applied across the force. The SHARP Program's sexual harassment prevention efforts are complemented by the Army's Equal Employment Opportunity Program, which provides a sexual harassment complaint process for Civilian employees, and Equal Opportunity Program, which includes military sexual harassment complaints.
Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) and Victim Advocates (VAs) receive training certified by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP) and are credentialed through the DOD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program. SARCs and VAs assist Soldiers with sexual assault reports, providing a 24/7 response capability. These professionals also support commanders with prevention, training, and awareness efforts.