205th MI hosts SHARP awareness stand-down

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Sgt. 1st Class Matthew A. Jones (right), a company-level SHARP advocate, 205th MI Bn., explains unrestricted and restricted reports that a unit victim advocate completes  as part of the SHARP stand-down day.

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew A. Jones (at right in sunglasses), a company-level SHARP advocate, 205th MI Bn., explains unrestricted and restricted reports that a unit victim advocate completes as part of the SHARP stand-down day.

Staff Sgt. Thomas G. Collins
500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs

 

FORT SHAFTER — The “Pacific Vigilant” battalion held a SHARP Stand-Down Day in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, here, April 9.

The 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, participated in a full day of activities dedicated to training, awareness and discussion of SHARP-related topics.

“We started things off in Richardson Theater with a quiz, testing everyone’s knowledge of reporting procedures, and followed that up with briefings by CID (U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command) and a representative from the Special Victims Counsel (SVC),” said Lt. Col. Heidi A. Urben, commander, 205th MI Bn.

Bringing in outside agencies added depth to the training provided.

Photos courtesy of 205th  Military Intellegence Battalion Lt. Col. Heidi A. Urben (left), commander, 205th MI Bn., recognizes Spc. Arielle  M. Vega, Co. A, 205th MI Bn., for her knowledge of reporting procedures and resources during the SHARP stand-down, April 9.

Photos courtesy of 205th Military Intellegence Battalion
Lt. Col. Heidi A. Urben (left), commander, 205th MI Bn., recognizes Spc. Arielle M. Vega, Co. A, 205th MI Bn., for her knowledge of reporting procedures and resources during the SHARP stand-down, April 9.

“Our Soldiers walked away with a better understanding of the various categories of sexual assault offenses under Article 120 (of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice), the scope of sexual assault crimes here in U.S. Army-Hawaii, and CID’s role in investigating them,” said Urben. “Our Soldiers also have a better understanding of what ‘founded’ versus ‘unfounded’ versus ‘insufficient evidence’ means.”

In addition to CID, Capt. Sean Mahoney, trial counsel, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, defined the role of the SVC in a briefing.

“I never knew that something like the SVC existed,” said Spc. Patric A. Swindell, human intelligence collector, Company C. “It’s good to know organizations like that exist and where to find them.”

Following the quiz, the CID briefing and the SVC presentation, the Soldiers’ knowledge was put to the test.

“The training culminated with a (simulated training exercise) lane led by unit victim advocates and company-level SHARP advisers who guided teams through a scenario that tested how the Soldiers would react to a battle buddy divulging a sexual assault report to them,” said Urben. “From physically seeking out the victim advocate to finding the chaplain or contacting Tripler Army Medical Center, the scenario challenged the Soldiers to walk through what could happen in a real sexual assault case in which a battle buddy sought their help.”

Sgt. 1st Class Michelle L. King-Sykes, unit victim advocate, 715th MI Bn, delivers the simulated training exercise lane scenario to a group of junior Soldiers as part of the 205th MI Bn., SHARP stand-down day, April 9. rdson Theater in Fort Shafter. (Photo courtesy of 205th Military Intelligence Battalion)

Sgt. 1st Class Michelle L. King-Sykes, unit victim advocate, 715th MI Bn, delivers the simulated training exercise lane scenario to a group of junior Soldiers as part of the 205th MI Bn., SHARP stand-down day, April 9. rdson Theater in Fort Shafter. (Photo courtesy of 205th Military Intelligence Battalion)

After going through the scenario, the Soldiers left better prepared.

“Actually visiting the victim advocate’s office and talking to representatives from different support organizations, trained SHARP concepts in a more meaningful way,” said Spc. Cedric B. Owens, human intelligence collector, Co. C. “I think I am better prepared to actually advise a victim, if I am ever in a position to do so.”

Leaving Soldiers better prepared and with a better understanding of sexual assault is what this training was all about.

“I think this was a worthwhile event that has improved our Soldiers’ understanding and awareness when it comes to sexual assault,” Urben concluded.

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