SHARP summit supports sexual assault Safety

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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii— The sexual assault response panel answers questions from the non-commissioned officers attending the SHARP Summit held at Sgt. Smith Theater, here, April 18.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii— The sexual assault response panel answers questions from the non-commissioned officers attending the SHARP Summit held at Sgt. Smith Theater, here, April 18.

Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson
28th Public Affairs Detachment
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 25th Infantry Division sexual assault response coordinator , or SARC, assembled a panel of sexual assault experts at the Sgt. Smith Theater, here, April 18, to help educate noncommissioned officers of the division.

The panel included experts from every corner of the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention world.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii— Sgt. 1st Class Casey Maxson, a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, with HHBN, 25th Infantry Division, listens to feedback from the question she asked to the SHARP panel during the SHARP Summit held at Sgt. Smith Theater, here, April 18.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii— Sgt. 1st Class Casey Maxson, a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, with HHBN, 25th Infantry Division, listens to feedback from the question she asked to the SHARP panel during the SHARP Summit held at Sgt. Smith Theater, here, April 18.

“I have the sexual assault forensics examiner, Criminal Investigation Division agent, a special victims counselor, behavioral health, a chaplain, Inspector General’s office, and the special victims prosecutor,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Durkee, the division SARC.

“The division put this panel of experts here to engage our NCOs in the division to help answer questions about what the SHARP program is and what these experts do in the program,” said Sgt. 1st Class Lanestra Jackson, the 25th Sustainment Brigade SARC.

“This is a SHARP panel I put together to show Soldiers there is more than just a SARC or a victim advocate involved in the program,” said Durkee. “I wanted to put a face with the name for all of these other services and resources that are part of the program.”

The division SHARP team also came prepared to help and assist with anyone affected by the sensitive topics that would be discussed.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii— Sgt. Beach Scoot, a team leader with 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, asks a question of the sexual assault response panel during the SHARP Summit held at Sgt. Smith Theater, here, April 18.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii— Sgt. Beach Scoot, a team leader with 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, asks a question of the sexual assault response panel during the SHARP Summit held at Sgt. Smith Theater, here, April 18.

“A lot of times when we have a SHARP event, someone will come forward and say they’ve been sexually assaulted,” said Durkee, “so we always put members of the SHARP team to the left and right, in case they want to talk to someone or file a report.”

“We’re on standby,” said Jackson. “A lot of times when we put on these events, there could be something that triggers a Soldier or a family member when these stories are being told. We’re here just in case someone is triggered, and they need someone to talk to.”

An issue that was discussed at length and has become a large issue in the military as a whole is social media and how it can relate to sexual assault prevention.

“One of the biggest issues recently has been social media, posting inappropriate things,” said Durkee. “Soldiers are assuming they can post whatever they want and not understanding the repercussions for that.”

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii— The sexual assault response panel answers questions from the non-commissioned officers attending the SHARP Summit held at Sgt. Smith Theater, here, April 18.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii— The sexual assault response panel answers questions from the non-commissioned officers attending the SHARP Summit held at Sgt. Smith Theater, here, April 18.

Investigations can be required for reports made about an individual’s social media account, even if the content was not shared publicly, Durkee continued. It can result in UCMJ and courts-martial.

Everything from the groups they are in, to the posts on their wall, are subject to the same standards of discipline as the rest of their lives in the Army.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii— The sexual assault response panel gives advice to the non-commissioned officers of the 25th Infantry Division on how to control SHARP incidents in the future, during a SHARP summit held at Sgt. Smith Theater, here, April 18.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii— The sexual assault response panel gives advice to the non-commissioned officers of the 25th Infantry Division on how to control SHARP incidents in the future, during a SHARP summit held at Sgt. Smith Theater, here, April 18.

“We wouldn’t be having this type of conference and these types of panels if we didn’t have a problem in our formations with sexual assault,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Scott A. Brzak, 25th ID senior enlisted adviser. “That’s why we’re here, it is not acceptable in our Army, and we will do everything we can to eliminate it.”

 

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