8th TSC hosts SHARP Expo to honor Denim Day

| May 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Story and photos by Sgt. Jon Heinrich
8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 8th Theater Sustainment Command hosted a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Expo, April 27, at Hamilton Field, here.

The SHARP Expo was held in honor of Denim Day, a day observed on the last Wednesday of April that encourages people to wear denim in order to raise awareness of sexual assault.

“In 1989, there was a young lady in Italy, and she was doing drivers training and her instructor took her down a narrow road and assaulted her,” said Sgt. 1st Class Helena Taylor, the SHARP noncommissioned officer in charge with 8th TSC and the U.S. Army-Pacific SHARP manager and trainer.

“When the Italian tribunal found this information out, they said there was no way she could have been sexually assaulted because she was wearing denim jeans, and they were tight,” Taylor said.

Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III, commander of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, speaks at the 8th TSC Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Expo April 27 at Hamilton Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III, commander 8th TSC, speaks at the SHARP Expo, April 27.

The expo featured booths from different agencies that deal with sexual assault and also some that help aid Soldiers after their service has ended.

“The SHARP Expo is a venue where all of our units and personnel that help clients of victims of sexual assault can come together in one area and answer any questions commanders and leaders in formations have about the SHARP program,” Taylor said.

Some of the agencies that attended the expo were Mary Kay, the garrison Sexual Assault Response coordinator, Equal Opportunity, the Inspector General, the Criminal Investigation Division, Oahu Veterans Center, the Sexual Abuse Trauma Center and sexual assault nurse examiners.

“IG and SHARP work hand-in-hand,” said Sgt. 1st Class Eric Moore, the inspector general NCO for 8th TSC. “Basically, if a complainant feels that they are being retaliated against or there’s reprisal for making a sexual harassment or sexual assault complaint, then we would be the appropriate agency to provide feedback and help that individual with stopping the retaliation or the reprisal.”

“The reason why they’re so many is because, from every entity, we want to show support from the time that someone is sexually assaulted all the way to the end,” Taylor said, adding she hopes the expo will help raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault.

“I hope that everybody understands that SHARP is real, that sexual harassment and assault is happening in our formation and that victims need to be treated with dignity and respect,” Moore said. “If they make a complaint or file an assault claim, there should be no worry about reprisal or retaliation.”

The 8th Theater Sustainment Command hosted a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Expo April 27 at Hamilton Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

SHARP Expo

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