U.S. Army Europe dedicates entire duty day to sexual harassment, sexual assault prevention

April 4, 2013

By Sgt. Michael Reinsch, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs


Two U.S. Army Europe Soldiers perform a skit at the Clay Kaserne fitness center in Wiesbaden, Germany, to demonstrate the warning signs of a potential sexual assault, as part of U.S. Army Europe’s Ready and Resilient Day: SHARP, April 3. SHARP -- Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention -- is a subcomponent of the Army’s Ready and Resilient campaign. April is Sexual Assault Prevention Month, and will feature a number of activities across U.S. Army Europe communities to raise awareness of sexual assault prevention.

Two U.S. Army Europe Soldiers perform a skit at the Clay Kaserne fitness center in Wiesbaden, Germany, to demonstrate the warning signs of a potential sexual assault, as part of U.S. Army Europe’s Ready and Resilient Day: SHARP, April 3. SHARP -- Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention -- is a subcomponent of the Army’s Ready and Resilient campaign. April is Sexual Assault Prevention Month, and will feature a number of activities across U.S. Army Europe communities to raise awareness of sexual assault prevention. (Photo by Sgt. Michael Reinsch)

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WIESBADEN, Germany -- As part of the Army’s Ready and Resilient campaign, U.S Army Europe conducted theaterwide activities April 3 focused exclusively on SHARP -- Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention.

At the direction of USAREUR commander Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., all communities and units across Europe set aside an entire duty day to focus on SHARP. The day, named “Ready and Resilient Day: SHARP,” kick-started the Army’s observance of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

During the event, Soldiers across Europe viewed the film, “The Invisible War,” a documentary about sexual assault in the U.S. military; conducted leader-to-led discussions; performed leader “terrain walks” of community support agencies; checked the operability of sexual assault response teams and the accuracy of sexual assault help lines; and conducted community prevention and awareness events.

“The prevention of sexual assault is critical to maintaining an effective fighting force,” said Campbell. “We must live the Army Values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. These values are our code of conduct. I expect all USAREUR personnel to live by this code on and off duty.”

The objectives of the day’s events were to prevent future incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault; improve the health and discipline of the force; boost the community’s awareness and use of available SHARP resources; and promote immediate intervention to prevent sexual harassment and assault.

“I expect that USAREUR leaders, Soldiers, DA (Department of the Army) civilians and family members will treat each other with dignity and respect,” said Campbell.

“Remember that your role in preventing sexual assault is an important one,” USAREUR Command Sgt. Maj. David S. Davenport told personnel being trained during during Ready and Resilient Day: SHARP. “It is everyone’s duty to intervene when the situation requires.”

SHARP is a subcomponent of the Army’s Ready and Resilient campaign. During April’s Sexual Assault Prevention Month observance a number of activities are planned across Army in Europe communities to raise awareness and increase prevention.

As a lead-in to Ready and Resilient Day: SHARP, Campbell and Davenport were joined by USAREUR SHARP program manager Rosalind Denis and special victims prosecutor Capt. Meghan McEnerney for a March 29 for a live American Forces Network-Europe radio talk show that highlighted the importance of eliminating sexual harassment and sexual assault. The entire radio program can be accessed at the AFN-Europe website.

“Preventing sexual assault is a community responsibility. No one individual, agency or organization can implement an effective and comprehensive prevention program alone,” said Campbell. “One sexual assault incident is one too many. We are a profession of arms and as professional Soldiers and DA civilians; it is our personal duty to intervene.”


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