Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP)

SHARP 24-hour Response
Hotline: 240-674-2802

SHARP 24-hour Response Hotline: 240-674-2802

The Department of Defense (DoD) remains committed to eliminating sexual assault from the ranks of the military. Sexual Assault is a crime. It inflicts incalculable harm on victims and their Families; it tears at the very fabric of civilians and military communities; and it destroys trust among individuals and faith in our institutions. The DoD has made significant progress in combating sexual assault by introducing a comprehensive sexual assault prevention and response policy and implementing it across the Military Service. Stand Up Against Sexual Assault and Child Abuse... Make A Difference! Get help now. Call the HOTLINE 24/7 at 240-674-2802.

DoD Safe Helpline

TELEPHONE HELPLINE: 877-995-5247

Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline is a groundbreaking crisis support service for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one support, and information to the worldwide DoD community. The service is confidential, anonymous, secure, and available worldwide, 24/7 by click, call, or text - providing victims with the help they need, anytime, anywhere.

Specially-trained Safe Helpline staff provides help three ways:

Safe Helpline services (click, call, text) are owned by the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) and are operated by Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. However, your information will remain confidential. RAINN will not share your name or any other personally identifying information with SAPRO or your chain of command.

RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with over 1,100 local rape crisis centers nationwide. RAINN also runs the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline (online.rainn.org). Together, the hotlines have helped more than 1.6 million people since 1994.

Learn more about RAINN.External link

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO)

AR 600-20, Army Command PolicyExternal link, Chapter 8, outlines the mission, overview of the program, program elements as well as roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders.

The Department of Defense (DoD) remains committed to eliminating sexual assault from the ranks of the military. Sexual assault is a crime. It inflicts incalculable harm on victims and their families; it tears at the very fabric of civilian and military communities; and it destroys trust among individuals and faith in our institutions. The DoD has made significant progress in combating sexual assault by introducing a comprehensive sexual assault prevention and response policy and implementing it across the Military Services.

For more information or to arrange unit training, call the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC):

USAG SARC, 301-619-8229
Installation SARC, 301-619-7387

Visit the Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response OfficeExternal link website.

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is defined a intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, con-consensual sodomy (oral or anal sex), indecent assault (unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling), or attempts to commit these acts. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim.

"Consent" shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the victim to offer physical resistance. Consent is not given if a person uses force, threat of force, coercion or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated, or unconscious.

Facts About Sexual Violence

  • Sexual assault is a crime.
  • Most victims (75-85%) are assaulted by someone they know.
  • Sexual assault can happen to anyone, anytime.
  • Sexual assault in never the victims fault.
  • Alcohol/drug use is not an excuse for sexual assault.
  • According to the National Victim Center there are an estimated 683,000 rapes per year - or 1.3 per minute.
  • Victims can be female or male
  • There is no "typical" victim - unemployed or professional, rich or poor, from any and every race and religion - anyone can become a victim of sexual violence.

Installation Services

  • 24-hour response by calling the SHARP hotline, 240-674-2802.
  • Crisis counseling
  • Victim Advocacy through a partnership with an off-post agency
  • Accompaniment for legal and medical services
  • Information and referrals for counseling and other community resources
  • Command and unit training
  • Information and referrals for counseling and other support services

Community Services

Through a partnership with Heartly House Inc., the following confidential services are provided at their facility in Frederick. Simply call 301-662-8800 for help. Fees are based on a sliding scale, but no one will be turned away if you can't afford to pay.

  • 24-hour crisis hotline
  • Crisis counseling
  • Victim advocacy
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Accompaniment for legal and medical services
  • Crisis shelter for survivors
  • Other support services to meet the needs of survivors

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: Two Reporting Options for Victims

1.

Victims have the right to make a "RESTRICTED REPORT" which does not initiate a police investigation. The purpose is to allow victims the ability to obtain medical care, support and counseling in a private manner. Victims may make a report to:

  • SHARP hotline: 240-674-2802
  • The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC):
    • USAG SARC, 301-619-8229
    • Installation SARC, 301-619-7387
  • Medical Providers at Barquist Army Health Clinic: 301-619-7175
  • Heartly House: 301-662-8800
2.

Victims may also file an "UNRESTRICTED REPORT" by calling the SHARP hotline: 240-674-2802, informing their Commander, or the Provost Marshal's Office by calling 301-619-7114. Unrestricted Reports will be fully investigated.

Online Resources

DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and ResponseExternal link

Army SHARP ProgramExternal link

Last Modified Date: 24-Oct-2014