14 June 2013
Keeping The Army Family Safe From Sexual Harassment And Assault

By Shannon Bishop

USAG Public Affairs

Loyalty. Duty. Respect. Selfless Service. Honor. Integrity. Personal Courage.

The Army would not be the same without its Army values. Through these values, every member of the Army family can remain safe and respected. One of the programs emphasized by the Army is the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program. 

With this program, the Army can prevent sexual harassment and assault before it even happens. The Army’s goal is to “eliminate sexual harassment and sexual assaults by creating a climate that respects the dignity of every member of the Army Family,” according to the SHARP website, www.sexualassault.army.mil.

“This program is here for both Soldiers and Civilians at Fort Detrick,” Monica Carr, SHARP coordinator commented. “If someone has been assaulted, we make sure they are in a safe environment and have gotten necessary medical attention. We work with victims and local resources to resolve the issue at the appropriate level.”

“It is our job not to question someone’s credibility, but to report something that has happened,” Carr said, describing the importance of reporting something you have witnessed or personally been impacted by. 

“It is important to make sure people are aware that there are no innocent bystanders. We are all leaders and need to look out for one another.”

If anyone is being harassed or has been assaulted, they always have resources available to them, 24 hours per day. During duty hours, (301) 619-3050 serves as the telephone number for anyone wishing to make a report. After hours, the 24-hour help hotline is available at (240) 674-2802.

On June 17, there will be a mandatory SHARP training in Strough Auditorium at 9 a.m. This training is mandatory for all USAG employees, but will also be open to the public. An interpreter will be available. 

Additionally, on June 19 at the Soldier Show, Monica Carr, SHARP coordinator, will be available at a booth to provide information and literature about the SHARP program.

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