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Mandatory SHARP training package replaces annual requirements Army personnel

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Email   Print   Share By Sgt. 1st Class Jamarr Irvin, Asst. IG, III Corps
April 28, 2011 | News
What is the difference between sexual assault and sexual harassment? Sexual assault and sexual harassment are not the same, although they are related to each other.

Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, while sexual assault refers specifically to rape, forcible sodomy, indecent assault or carnal knowledge as defined by the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.

The Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention and Response Program reinforces the Army’s commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through a comprehensive policy that centers on awareness and prevention, training and education, victim advocacy, response, reporting, and accountability.

Army policy promotes sensitive care and confidential reporting for victims of sexual assault and accountability for those who commit these crimes.

The goals of SHARP are:

▪ Create a climate that minimizes sexual assault incidents which impact Army personnel, Army civilians and family members, and, if an incident should occur, ensure that victims and subjects are treated according to Army policy.

▪ Create a climate that encourages victims to report incidents of sexual assault without fear.

▪ Establish sexual assault prevention training and awareness programs to educate Soldiers.

▪ Ensure sensitive and comprehensive treatment to restore victims’ health and well-being.

▪ Ensure leaders understand their roles and responsibilities regarding response to sexual assault victims, thoroughly investigate allegations of sexual assault and take appropriate administrative and disciplinary action.

Army Activities (ALARACT) Message 123/2011 states that, effective immediately, all unit sexual assault prevention and response and prevention of sexual harassment annual training is discontinued and replaced by using the revised SHARP training support package. The message provides guidance for all Army activities to conduct the mandatory SHARP training. To help implement the SHARP program, four DVD training videos have been developed to become parts of the training. The Army has already packaged and distributed three videos at the battalion level for training. The fourth is now available and mandatory for self-study.

The first DVD in the distributed package is a 32-minute video titled, “Soldier Training Video,” which depicts real-life situations that Soldiers may face in garrison and deployed environments. The second DVD is titled, “Leader Training Video,” which is to help leaders properly train their personnel on the subject of sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention. The third DVD is a 12-minute video titled, “Amateur Night,” which highlights sexual harassment situations and demonstrates how they can escalate. It also shows ways to intervene and stop the harassment. The fourth video, which is not in the package, but is mandatory for all Army personnel to watch in self-study mode, is titled, “Team Bound.” This video is available on the Army Learning Management System and is part of annual mandatory unit training. ALMS can be found on your AKO webpage under “My Training.”

In accordance with ALARACT Message 123/2011, commanders of all Army units will ensure that all leaders (military and civilian) view the 12-minute SHARP Leader Training Video no later than September 30, and report the status through their chain of command.

More information on the SHARP guidance can be found on ALARACT Message 123/2011, as well as at If you have any questions, contact your unit’s SHARP representative, chaplain, commander or servicing Inspector General. As always, we are here to help.
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