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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

Command Promotes Collaboration to Combat Sexual Assault

The 81st Regional Support Command's Ready and Resilient Campaign is trying to decrease the incidents of service members harming themselves by combining the efforts of other soldier wellness programs such as Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Program and the Army Substance Abuse Program to promote overall resiliency. Story

SHARP Helps Victims Become Survivors

If you are a victim of sexual assault or harassment, there is help available through the Army's Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Response and Prevention program. Story

Retaliation Against Victims Now Criminal Offense

A directive from Army Secretary John McHugh that makes retaliation against those who report crimes a crime itself, has gone one step further to provide a safe environment for victims of crime to speak up. Story

Soldiers Hold Reading of Play

The shocking words read by actors during a dramatic reading of the play "Tape" provided a unique Sexual Assault/Harassment Response and Prevention training event for U.S. Army Central and Area Support Group- Kuwait soldiers and civilians Aug. 5, 2014. Story

Preparing the Best to Test the Rest

Eighty-eight soldiers and civilians participated in the Observer Controllers/Trainers Academy for the Vibrant Response Exercise, which included sexual harassment/assault response and prevention training. Story

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