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Sexual Harassment / Assault
Response & Prevention (SHARP)


The SHARP Program's mission is to reduce with an aim toward eliminating sexual offenses within the Army through cultural change, prevention, intervention, investigation, accountability, advocacy/response, assessment, and training to sustain the All-Volunteer Force.

Sexual Assault - Intentional sexual contact characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, forcible sodomy (oral or anal sex), and other unwanted sexual contact that is aggravated, abusive, or wrongful (including unwanted and inappropriate sexual contact), or attempts to commit these acts.

If you have been sexually assaulted or think you have been, go to a safe location away from the perpetrator. If you want to talk with someone or want assistance, you have individuals at Tobyhanna Army Depot who are ready to help. Make sure you understand the difference between a restricted and unrestricted report so that those you reach out to will understand your needs and can best assist you.

Please contact the Tobyhanna Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)/Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Prevention (SHARP) Specialist, or Victim Advocate (VA)/ SHARP Specialist. Your communication with the SARC/SHARP Specialist, or VA/SHARP Specialist is privileged and confidential except in specific circumstances.

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC): (570) 460-4860
Victim Advocate: (570) 369-7018

Restricted reporting is available at this time to military personnel of the Armed Forces, DoD civilians, and Military Dependents 18 years of age and older who are eligible for treatment in the military healthcare system, who were victims of sexual assault perpetrated by someone other than a spouse or intimate partner. Military personnel include members on active duty and members of the Reserve component (Reserve and National Guard). NG and Reserve Component members will be eligible to receive limited Sexual Harassment Assault Response & Prevention (SHARP) support services from a SARC and a SAPR VA and are eligible to file a Restricted or Unrestricted Report if they are reporting a sexual assault that occurred prior to, or while not performing active service or inactive training. SHARP services are those that are provided by a SARC or SAPR VA.

Considerations when electing a restricted report

- You receive appropriate medical treatment, advocacy, legal assistance, and counseling.

- It provides some personal space and time to consider your options and to begin the healing process.

- It empowers you to seek relevant information and support to make informed decisions about whether you want to participate in a criminal investigation.

- You control the release and management of your personal information.

- You decide whether and when to move forward with initiating an investigation.

- It can establish a record important for future potential Veteran benefits and treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Limitations

- Your assailant remains unpunished.

- You cannot receive a military protective order.

- You may continue to have contact with your assailant, if he/she is in your organization or billeted with you.

- Evidence from the crime scene where the assault occurred may be lost, and the official investigation, should you switch to an unrestricted report, will likely encounter significant obstacles.

- You will not be able to discuss the assault with anyone in your chain of command without imposing an obligation on them to report the incident, and some commands have requirements that impose this duty on all Soldiers, to include your friends. The only exceptions would be chaplains, designated healthcare providers, your assigned SHARP/VA Specialist, and the SARC/SHARP Specialist.

- You will be ineligible to invoke the collateral misconduct provision of DoD's sexual assault policy in the event that your command learns that you had been engaged in some form of misconduct at the time you were assaulted.

- You are not eligible for a potential expedited transfer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrestricted Reporting

This option is for victims of sexual assault who desire medical treatment, counseling, legal assistance, SARC/SHARP Specialist and VA/SHARP Specialist assistance, and an official investigation of the crime. When selecting unrestricted reporting, you may report the incident to the SARC/SHARP Specialist or VA/SHARP Specialist, request healthcare providers to notify law enforcement, contact law enforcement yourself, or use current reporting channels, e.g., chain of command. Upon notification of a reported sexual assault, the SARC/SHARP Specialist will immediately assign a VA/SHARP Specialist. You will also be advised of your right to access to legal assistance that is separate from prosecution resources. At the victim's discretion/request, the healthcare provider shall conduct a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE), which may include the collection of evidence. Details regarding the incident will be limited to only those personnel who have a legitimate need to know.

Safehelpline.org

(877) 995-5247

DoD Safe Helpline is a crisis support service designed for members of the military community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one support to survivors and their family, and friends. All helpline services are confidential, anonymous and secure and are available worldwide, 24/7.

Safe Helpline services are provided by DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) and are operated through a contract by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN also operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE and online.rainn.org), which has helped more than two million people since 1994.

**All personally identifiable information remains confidential. RAINN will not share names or any other personally identifiable information with any entity within DoD.

INTERVENE

When I recognize a threat to my fellow Soldiers, I will have the personal courage to INTERVENE and prevent sexual assault. I will condemn acts of sexual harassment. I will not abide obscene gestures, language, or behavior. I am a Warrior and a member of a team.
I will INTERVENE.

ACT

You are my brother, my sister, my fellow Soldier. It is my duty to stand up for you, no matter the time or place. I will take ACTION. I will do what's right. I will prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault. I will not tolerate sexually offensive behavior.
I will ACT

MOTIVATE

We are American Soldiers, MOTIVATED to keep our fellow Soldiers safe. It is our mission to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault. We will denounce sexual misconduct. As Soldiers, we are all MOTIVATED to take action.
We are strongest...together.

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If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, contact DoD Safe Helpline, a sexual assault crisis support and resources service for adult Service members of the DoD Community. Help is just a Click, Call or Text away!

Call: 877-995-5247 or Text: your location to 55-247 (inside the U.S.) /
202-470-5546 (outside the U.S.)

 


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Last update 26 October, 2017