Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention Program (SHARP)


What is Sexual Harassment?

  • Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination
  • Sexual harassment includes unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
    • Submission to or rejection of is made a term or condition of a person's job, pay, or career;
    • Submission to or rejection of is used as a basis for career or employment decisions;
    • Conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Sexual Harassment Policy for Service Members

  • Policy applies on/off the installation - 24/7
  • Military complainants do not have the right to sue the offender
  • Complainants are encouraged to confront subject/offenders
  • Army policy does not require complainants of sexual harassment to confront the subject/offender
  • File formal complaints with the brigade level SARC or higher
  • Soldiers have 60 calendar days to file a formal complaint
  • Family members are eligible to file complaints

Sexual Harassment Policy for Civilians

  • DA civilian complainants have the right to pursue administrative remedies through the Equal Employment Opportunity complaint process
  • DA civilian complainants have the right to sue
  • Complainants are encouraged to confront subject/offender
  • Army policy does not require complainants of sexual harassment to confront the subject/offender
  • Claims of sexual harassment:
    • May be raised to command and/or EEO personnel
    • Must contact the EEO office within 45 calendar days to initiate the complaint process (command/supervisor notification does not count toward the 45-day time limit)
  • Refer to AR 690-600, Equal Employment Opportunity Discrimination Complaints


What is Sexual Assault?

  • Sexual assault is a crime
  • Sexual assault is defined as: Intentional sexual contact characterized by the use of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent
  • The term includes a broad category of sexual offenses of the following specific UCMJ offenses: rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact, forcible sodomy, or attempts to commit these offenses

Army Policy on Sexual Assault

  • Sexual assault is a criminal offense
  • Sexual assault degrades mission readiness
  • Every Soldier who is aware of a sexual assault should immediately (within 24 hours) report incidents
  • Sexual assault is punishable: Soldiers (UCMJ), Department of the Army civilians (federal/state)
  • Those who commit sexual assault offenses will be held appropriately accountable
  • All victims of sexual assault will be treated with dignity, fairness, and respect
  • This policy applies to both on and off post, duty and non-duty hours

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  • DoD Safe Helpline,, 877-995-5247

Huntsville, Alabama

  • SHARP 24/7 Hotline: 256-924-0795
  • Civilian Non-Profit: Crisis Services of North Alabama,, 256-716-1000

Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • SHARP 24/7 Hotline: (719) 338-9654
  • TESSA,, 719-633-3819

Fort Greely, Alaska

  • SHARP 24/7 Hotline: 907-505-0275