Warrior Brigade fully supports SHARP campaign, training

| February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Six 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Soldiers graduate from a SHARP course, Feb. 3, on Schofield Barracks. Pictured are (in front row, from left) Staff Sgt. Carmen Ortiz, Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Harrison and Staff Sgt. Frank Nautu. Also, pictured are (in back row, from left) Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Sollano, Staff Sgt. Andrew Wiley, Staff Sgt. David Riojas, Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Foster and SHARP instructor James Patterson. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Six 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Soldiers graduate from a SHARP course, Feb. 3, on Schofield Barracks. Pictured are (in front row, from left) Staff Sgt. Carmen Ortiz, Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Harrison and Staff Sgt. Frank Nautu. Also, pictured are (in back row, from left) Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Sollano, Staff Sgt. Andrew Wiley, Staff Sgt. David Riojas, Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Foster and SHARP instructor James Patterson. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKSSexual harassment/sexual assault is a problem that is not only haunting our nation, but our Army as well.

So, how do we stop it?

Throughout the entire Army, units have been taking a proactive approach by training leaders about the problem and educating them on how to properly deal with and assist victims who has been involved in situations.

Six Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, recently completed 80 hours of the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Course, Feb. 3.

“I wanted to become a victim advocate, so Soldiers know that there is someone always there for them,” said Staff Carmen Ortiz, a native of Houston, Texas. “I know when I was a younger Soldier, I wasn’t very fond of the SHARP program. I was one of the ones who didn’t want to believe in it. But, as a leader, you must understand the program and understand the situations our military and our world are facing on a regular basis. Soldiers look at their leaders for guidance, and if they see I’m not taking something seriously, then they will not either.”

According to Ortiz, a unit supply specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Inf. Regiment, 2nd SBCT, the Army has done an outstanding job providing victims with different resources to assist with the growing concern.

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“There are so many agencies out there for the victim,” she said. “If a victim doesn’t feel comfortable in telling their SHARP/VA or sexual assault response coordinator about certain situations, then they can go to the special victims’ counselors or a health care provider and file a complaint. I will be happy as long as they get the help they need; that’s all I want for them.”

During the training, the advocates were educated on how to properly take and file complaints and how to properly ensure all the victims’ needs are met when they are facing such trying times.

“By taking this course, I learned the actual difference between sexual harassment and sexual assault – from the different forms that pertain to each situation to the different ways a person can actually report each crime,” said Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Harrison, from Douglas, Georgia, a unit supply specialist assigned to HHC, 225th Bde. Support Bn.

While U.S. Army-Hawaii’s “Don’t be a bystander-Take a STAND!” campaign is still in the beginning stages, these six individuals are standing up to say enough is enough.

“By going through this training, it has allowed me to look at everything from a different point of view and see what is and (is) not acceptable – from joke telling to just looking at someone for an extended amount of time,” said Ortiz. “If we, as leaders, don’t stop and make an on-the-spot correction, then we just set a new standard, and that pertains to SHARP, as well. … I believe it starts with us leaders to take a stand, and our Soldiers will follow our lead.”

 

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