Everyone must stay SHARP for the holidays

| December 17, 2015 | 1 Comment
Leaders from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command tie a teal ribbon to the SHARP tree next to the command’s headquarters to raise awareness in September of 2014. (Photo by Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

Leaders from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command tie a teal ribbon to the SHARP tree next
to the command’s headquarters to raise awareness in September of 2014. (Photo by Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

Lisa Charles
Sexual Harrassment/Assault Response & Prevention
U.S.Army-Hawaii

SHARP poster

SHARP poster

The holiday season is upon us.

Unfortunately, so is the season for sexual harassment and sexual assault.

While unit leaders are away on block leave, offenders may use this time as an opportunity to strike. New arrivals to Hawaii may not have the funds to return home for the holidays, so they have no other option but to stay here, and possibly celebrate the holidays with new friends and co-workers.

Isolation is very real, so each leader must ensure they get to know their Soldiers to ensure they have a plan for the holidays.

SHARP poster2

SHARP poster2

Holiday parties may abound and alcohol may flow, and while this is an excellent time to celebrate, holiday hosts should understand the importance of ensuring their holiday events provide a safe environment for all attendees – adults and children alike. The holidays are no excuse to let your guard down as it relates to sexual assault and sexual harassment.

The U.S. Army-Hawaii Sexual Harrassment/Assault Response & Prevention team is ready, willing and able to help individuals who have experienced a sexual assault. In addition, USARHAW’s four “S” campaign in Hawaii has the goal of focusing on the prevention of substance abuse, sexual assaults, suicide and safety violations.

In 2014, Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, USARHAW senior commander, summed up the primary prevention strategy of the four S’s holiday campaign succinctly: “As we enter the holiday season, everyone needs to be vigilant.” This is still true today and will remain true for years to come.

During the holidays, the SHARP program will be fully staffed by caring, professional personnel, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Every Soldier and Army civilian plays a role in the four “S” campaign and SHARP program, and has the authority to Take a Stand! against any form of sexual harassment or sexual assault when they see it.

Visitors give their pledge to the SHARP program on this cloth. (Photo by Aiko Brum, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

Visitors give their pledge to the SHARP program on this cloth. (Photo by Aiko Brum, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

The SHARP program encourages every Soldier to intervene, act and mentor: I AM Strong. If you see a Soldier who is at risk, or who is being harassed or assaulted, Take a Stand!

Intervene and call for help if you need assistance. We’re here for you!

(Editor’s note: Charles is the manager of USARHAW’s SHARP.)

• Take a Stand! Stay SHARP!

If you or someone you know needs assistance in reporting a sexual assault, call these numbers:

  • The USARHAW SHARP Hotline at 655-9474.
  • The DOD Safe Helpline at 877-995-5247.

The USARHAW SHARP Team is here for you 24/7. 

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  1. Kinjal Dalal says:

    DoD Safe Helpline provides 24/7 anonymous, confidential support for members of the DoD Community affected by sexual assault. Access all the resources and information you need no matter where you are.

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