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Sexual Assault Prevention Chief Notes Progress, Need for More

There has been progress in the Defense Department's efforts against sexual assault in the military, "but we have to keep hammering away at the problem," said Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow. "This is going to take time." Story

Experts Say Most Men Don't Report Sexual Abuse, Urge Army Leaders to Reach Out

Experts urged Army leaders to reach out to male victims of sexual assault, noting people should not view sexual violence as a crime perpetrated exclusively against women. Story

Sexual Assault Rates Decrease at Military Service Academies

Rates of unwanted sexual contact at the military service academies declined in 2014, according to a report released today by the Defense Department. Story

Soldiers Engage in SHARP Training in Afghanistan

Members of 5-5 Air Defense Artillery on Bagram Airfield combined games, exercise and obstacle courses to encourage healthy competition focused on sexual assault prevention and awareness, as well as lessons in resilience. Story

Secretary: Fight to End Sexual Assault Must be 'Personal'

Efforts to eliminate sexual assault "must be personal," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in closing remarks at the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Summit. Story

SHARP App Puts Help in Soldiers' Hands

A new Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention app has been developed for the Army to supply users with hotline numbers and other resources to aid in seeking support during a difficult time. Story

More Must be Done to Eliminate Sexual Assault, Hagel Says

Aggressive efforts to prevent sexual assault in the military are having an impact based on survey data that shows a drop in prevalence of 25 percent, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said, adding that more work remains to be done to eliminate the problem. Story

SAPRO Director: 'No One Declaring Success' on Sexual Assault

Despite a decrease in sexual assaults in the military, the Defense Department is not satisfied with the current progress, the director of the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office said. Story

Dempsey: DoD Will Be 'Relentless' in Combating Sexual Assault

The nation's highest ranking military officer said despite progress in combating sexual assault in the military, more must be done. Story

SEAC Seeks Sexual Assault Investigation Improvements

The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed efforts to bolster the Defense Department’s investigative techniques and expertise in amassing sexual assault and sexual harassment case evidence. Story

Sexual Assault Victims Have Right to Military Attorney

As part of the military's effort to improve the handling of sexual assault cases, the new Special Victim Counsel program enables victims of sexual assault to have an attorney appointed free of charge to advise and represent them at all stages of the military justice system and in legal assistance matters. Story

Soldier Demonstrates Personal Courage in Sexual Assault Recovery

Pvt. Fabio Londono, who has overcome many obstacles in his life, including being raped at the age of 6 by his 15-year-old cousin, said being in the Army gave him a new start and that his fellow trainees helped him heal and move beyond his past. Story

SHARP Remains Priority for Sea Dragons

Hawaii soldiers with the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command gathered together for a ceremony to highlight the importance of sexual harassment/assault response and prevention. Story

Doc Gives Candid Talk on Women's Issues in Military

"I'm going to talk about subjects that make men squirm," warned Retired Army Col. (Dr.) Elspeth Ritchie, before discussing sanitary conditions in the field, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual assault and other topics focused on military women. Story

Odierno Conducts Virtual Town Hall

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno recently participated in a virtual town hall where he answered questions on topics ranging from the Ebola outbreak to sexual harassment. Story

Chandler Discusses Sexual Assault, Suicide During Town Hall

Character, commitment and competence are key to reducing sexual assaults and suicide among service members, according to the Army's most senior noncommissioned officer. Story

Virginia Guard Senior Enlisted Soldiers Attend Training

Nearly 50 senior enlisted soldiers from around the Virginia Army National Guard recently completed a two-day senior leader sexual harassment/assault response and prevention course on Camp Pendleton, Va. Story

SHARP Hosts Stand Down on Leonard Wood

Fort Leonard Wood's Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention stand down targeted the chain of command, sexual assault response coordinators and victim advocates. Story

Simulations Teach Counseling Skills

The idea began with six-foot avatars interacting with students in a classroom, and matured into computer-based simulations to help soldiers with counseling. Story

Army Avatar-based Simulations to Boost Counseling Skills

The idea began with six-foot avatars interacting with students in a classroom, and matured into computer-based simulations to help Soldiers with counseling. Story

Army Establishes Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Academy

The chief of staff of the army directed analysis of a centralized SHARP Academy to institutionalize the training, competence, and professionalism of Sexual Assault Response Coordinators, Victim Advocates, and SHARP Program Managers. Story

Soldiers Attend Cutting-edge Training

Leaders in Kuwait and Qatar hosted a reading of "Tape" in an effort to raise awareness and generate discussions about sexual assault and sexual harassment. Story

Victim Advocates Conduct Community Training

Sexual Assault Victim Advocates from Fort Detrick, Maryland conducted partnership training with local sexual assault response agencies at Frederick Memorial Hospital. Story

Program Seeks to Help Reduce Trauma

Sexual assault affects victims for a lifetime, and one way the Army is helping to mitigate the traumatic effects those victims face is by providing victim advocates. Story

'Got Your Back' Offers Soldiers New Approach Training

Soldiers with the 89th Military Police Brigade took part in the revolutionary Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Got Your Back training. Story

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