8th TSC Expo answers ‘Who do I talk to?’

| June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
The 8th Theater Sustainment Command will host the 3rd annual SHARP Community Awareness Expo on June 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Hamilton Field, Schofield Barracks. (Courtesy photo)

The 8th Theater Sustainment Command will host the 3rd annual SHARP Community Awareness Expo on June 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Hamilton Field, Schofield Barracks. (Courtesy photo)

Includes SHARP, suicide prevention, mental health resources  

Maj. Lindsey Elder
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program’s primary mission is prevention of sexual assault/harassment to support Army commanders in their efforts to maintain the highest levels of organizational readiness.

Keeping leaders and Soldiers informed of the resources available to support this important topic goes beyond simply observing Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month (SAAPM) each April or conducting annual training.

That is why the 8th Theater Sustainment Command will host the 3rd annual SHARP Community Awareness Expo on June 30TH, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Hamilton Field (725 Grimes St.) Schofield Barracks.

This event will focus on providing information, resources and contacts to raise awareness of efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assault and to support survivors. It is open to all service members, Department of the Army/Dept. of Defense civilians and their family members.

The event will feature information booths with numerous SHARP resources, as well other important groups and topics, including Department of Veterans Affairs, the Survivor Outreach Program, and the U.S. Army Hawaii’s Special Victim Council.

The 8th Theater Sustainment Command has hosted a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Expo, April 27, at Hamilton Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

The 8th Theater Sustainment Command has hosted a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Expo, April 27, at Hamilton Field on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

“Events like this are important for everyone. Even if people have the perception that sexual assault or thoughts of suicide could never happen to them, as leaders it’s important to know the resources out there in case you have to reach out on behalf of your Soldiers or a family member someday,” said Lisa D. Coleman, the 8th TSC SHARP program manager.

Sexual assault harms victims both physically and emotionally, and its lingering effects can haunt a victim much in the same way as wounds received in battle. Sexual assault is further complicated by the fear of stigma or retaliation for reporting.

In the military, these debilitating consequences not only affect the individual, they also directly impact mission readiness by compromising unit cohesion, trust and discipline.

Improvements and means of access to the SHARP/sexual assault program managers (SAPM) and victim advocates (VA) have come a long way, with emphasis on making reporting as easy as possible. Victims can even report incidents to another service Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program representative if they feel more comfortable.

It is about understanding and access, not what camouflage pattern the victim wears. SAPR reps from the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force will be on-site at the event to answer questions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists suicide as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and the second among Americans aged 15-34. Suicide rates are also high among service members, which Is why the expo will also feature resources for referrals or to help Soldiers ask their loved ones those tough questions. In addition to several mental health resources, representatives from the U.S. Army Hawaii Suicide Prevention Task Force will be there to answer any questions.

For those who cannot attend, here are some important resources:

•If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, call the National Suicidal Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to speak with a trained counselor. If you are a veteran, press 1.

•For more information on the Veterans Crisis Line, visit https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/.

•Call the U.S. Army Hawaii SHARP Hotline at (808) 655-9474 or the DOD Safe Help Line at (877) 995-5247 for assistance.

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