Prevention Overview

The Army faces a daunting task in its efforts to stop sexual assaults within the Army Community. Factors that we are looking at include Service and unit culture, the nature of sexual violence, typical offender tactics, across-the-board appropriate accountability (including commanders, offenders, and bystanders), the adequacy and effectiveness of response and prevention efforts, and areas of risk. By closely examining these things, the Army expects to discern why these crimes persist, how to respond to them effectively, and how to prevent them from happening altogether.

The Army is taking on sexual assault prevention and response by focusing its efforts on advocacy, prevention, accountability, investigation, and assessment. The Army is also reaching out to civilian law enforcement, the legal community, the medical community, thought leaders, community and professional organizations, advocacy organizations, the educational community, and others in order to identify lessons learned, innovative ideas, best practices, current research, and culture dimensions of sexual assault prevention and response.

Why is the Army doing this?

The exchange of information will enhance the Army's knowledge and understanding of sexual assault and generate new, creative ideas for all organizations involved. The important consideration for the Army is that each engagement be focused on enhancing sexual violence awareness, prevention, and response.

Why would my organization want to interface with the Army?

Organizations work together for a whole host of reasons, but mostly they do so because they mutually benefit from the interaction and can make a more potent statement together.

Can the Army give me money for an event?

Due to fiscal restrictions, the Army cannot fund your event. However, it may be able to participate so long as participation meets certain legal guidelines. The Army functions under funding guidelines, fiscal constraints, and laws.

Thousands of lives are devastated by sexual violence each year, whether as victims, colleagues, friends, or family members. Individual and organizational efforts make a difference every day in each of these lives. Safer Army Communities will come from the application of well-informed strategy, applied lessons learned and best practices, and the introduction of innovations that are grounded in reality and are tactically sound. We can each learn from the other.

Commander's Sexual Assault Victim Assistance Checklist

  • A checklist of actions to be taken by commanders when handling unrestricted sexual assault reports is available on the DOD SAPRO website. The Commander's Sexual Assault Response Checklist is provided to assist unit commanders in successfully navigating the myriad of competing demands placed upon them once a sexual assault is reported. The use of the checklist has the primary objective of ensuring that there is an appropriate balance between a victim's right to feel secure and the alleged offender's rights to due process under the law. Its use also provides guidelines and standards for addressing unit interests in sexual assault cases.
  • SHARP Resource Center (RC) Guidebook (2 September 2014): This guidebook is designed to provide a broad structure for those installations chosen to participate in the SHARP-RC Pilot Program. The Army recognizes that there is no single model for developing a SHARP-RC, each installation has a unique set of challenges, different populations, demographics and access to differing degrees of resources. The guidebook focuses on describing the various functions and services of a SHARP-RC. In providing those services, each SHARP-RC may be manned, resourced, and operated according to a wide range of factors. **** CAC login required ****
  • SHARP Guidebook (October 2013): is a company-level reference tool for Company Commanders and Soldiers, Department of the Army (DA) Civilians, and Family members to use in sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention and response efforts. **** CAC login required ****