94th AAMDC kicks off SHARP

| April 17, 2013 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from the 94th AAMDC receive mandatory SHARP training from their SHARP representatives.

Soldiers from the 94th AAMDC receive mandatory SHARP training from their SHARP representatives.

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. John Johnson III
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — After the outstanding presentation that Sexual Harassment Assault and Response Program (SHARP) professionals gave to the command, March 29, Soldiers within the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command understand that they have group caring representatives to assist them in the event of a sexual assault incident.

Maj. Wayne Kinney, sexual assault response coordinator, SHARP, 94th AAMDC, and other SHARP professional representatives — Chief Warrant Officer Doretha Magee, Staff Sgt. John  Johnson III and Sgt. Merrilyn Brissette — facilitated classes on sexual assault and prevention, domestic violence, child abuse and suicide.

Kinney expressed his gratitude towards the unit’s SHARP program.

Soldiers from the 94th AAMDC receive mandatory SHARP training from their SHARP representatives.

Soldiers from the 94th AAMDC receive mandatory SHARP training from their SHARP representatives.

“The 94th AAMDC continues to lead USARPAC (U.S. Army Pacific) and other major units on the island of Oahu in preventing sexual assault, as well as getting the word out that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM),” said Kinney.

“Sexual assault within our Army formation goes against everything we as a free nation fight, bleed, stand and die for,” Kinney continued. “Brothers and sisters in arms is not just a campaign logo to prevent sexual assault; they are taken literally, meaning we are a family, and we look out for each other here in the 94th AAMDC. Bystanders only need to make a phone call to be involved and prevent a sexual assault from happening. I am proud of each and everyone in our unit; keep watching out for each other.”

Sexual assault, according to Army Regulation 600-20, is a crime defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent.

Brissette, a schools noncommissioned officer and SHARP representative, 94th AAMDC, is a victim of domestic violence herself and was proud to enlighten Soldiers on how the Army can help Soldiers who are victims of these crimes.

“I think we, as a team, pulled together and made the best of the situation. We were able to present the information in segments and not overwhelm the audience,” Brissette said. “I like the fact that we were able to use an open enough space to really get to present different material. Also, … we were able to bring in groups to help educate our service members on the severity of what really happens in individual’s lives.”

The regulation states that all Soldiers who encounter sexual assault in anyway must report the incident though the chain of command, and every chain of command must investigate immediately and thoroughly.

This fact means that Soldiers who witness sexual assaults can no longer stand by while witnessing these crimes. They can be prosecuted for not reporting a crime.

Kinney gave out hotlines so that the Soldiers could seek assistance from either him, the other SHARP representatives or higher authorities. The 24-hour Victim Advocacy Hotline is (808) 624-7233.

The Department of Defense Safe Helpline is (866) 955-5247.

(Editor’s note: Johnson is the assistant noncommissioned officer in charge at Public Affairs.)

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