SHARP Reporting Options
What classifies sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, sexual innuendo, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Sexual assault and sexual harassment are not the same, although they are related to each other.
Two types of sexual harassment:
Quid pro quo
Refers to conditions placed on a person’s career or terms of employment in return for sexual favors.
Sexual harassment occurs when a person is subjected to offensive, crude, unwanted, and unsolicited comments and behavior of a sexual nature that interferes with that person’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
What can I do?
In the event of sexual harassment:
In order to stop sexual harassment, the aggrieved is encouraged to report the inappropriate behavior to your chain of command through your SHARP representative. Once you have spoken with your SHARP representative it is strictly your choice to choose Informal or Formal reporting option. If you are a civilian, report the behavior immediately to your supervisor, or to the Equal Employment Opportunity office.
If the behavior persists, file a formal sexual harassment complaint through your brigade SHARP representative. If you are a civilian, report the incident to your Equal Employment Opportunity office.
In the event of sexual assault:
Get to a safe place. If you are in need of urgent medical attention, call 911. If you are not injured, you still need medical assistance to protect your health. Carl R. Darnell Army Medical Center (CRDAMC) on Fort Hood can offer you immediate health care. Any medical facility within the surrounding area will assist you when reporting to the Emergency Department.
Contact your local SHARP representative, or call the Fort Hood SHARP Hotline at 254-319-4671.
To protect evidence, do not shower, brush your teeth, put on makeup, eat, or drink, or change clothes until advised to do so. You or your SHARP representative may report the crime to Army or local law enforcement.
Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to contact law enforcement.
Restricted sexual assault report:
We value your privacy. Restricted Reporting offers Soldiers and Family members (except children under the age of 18) the option to report a sexual assault without having to notify law enforcement and protecting the identity of the victim.
This option is only available if you report the incident to your victim advocate, medical care facility, or sexual assault response coordinator (SARC).
Unrestricted sexual assault report:
Unrestricted Reporting is the military’s preferred reporting method because it provides the widest latitude to help and protect victims of sexual assault. Through the unrestricted option, details of the incident are kept confidential and are only disclosed on a need to know basis. An unrestricted report triggers an investigation so that offenders may be held accountable and the safety of the victim is ensured.
Entitlements (independent of the reporting option):
- Medical care
- Pastoral care upon request
- Sexual assault forensic examination
Unrestricted reporting victims are also entitled to:
- Military protection order
- Legal advice
- Request transfer from their unit
- Law enforcement investigation into the incident
CSA's Five Imperatives to Eliminate Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
In alignment with the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Strategy, the following five imperatives will drive Army actions:
- Prevent offenders from committing crimes, provide compassionate care for victims, and protect the rights and privacy of survivors.
- Report every allegation and ensure it is thoroughly and professionally investigated; take appropriate action based on the investigation.
- Create a positive climate and an environment of trust and respect in which every person can thrive and achieve their full potential.
- Hold every individual, every unit and organization, and every Commander appropriately accountable for their behavior, actions and inactions.
- The chain of command must remain fully engaged - they are centrally responsible and accountable for solving the problems of sexual assault and harassment within our ranks and for restoring the trust of our Soldiers, Civilians, and Families.
SHARP Top 10
The SHARP Top 10 are designed to further individual's and leader's understanding and guide leader actions: