FORT JACKSON SHARP HOTLINE:
Installation Program Manager
Installation Lead SARC– 803-751-0727
Installation Lead VA– 803-751-9057
Drill Sergeant Academy
The SHARP Program’s mission is to reduce with an aim toward eliminating sexual offenses within the Army through cultural change, prevention, intervention, investigation, accountability, advocacy/response, assessment, and training to sustain the All-Volunteer Force
Intentional sexual contact characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, forcible sodomy (oral or anal sex), and other unwanted sexual contact that is aggravated, abusive, or wrongful (including unwanted and inappropriate sexual contact), or attempts to commit these acts.
Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature between the same or opposite genders.
This definition applies when:
• Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a person’s job, pay, career, or
• Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by a person is used as a basis for career or employment decisions affecting that person, or
• Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
DoD civilian employees and their family dependents and DoD contractors are only eligible for “Unrestricted Reporting” and for limited emergency care medical services at an MTF, unless that individual is otherwise eligible as a Service member or TRICARE beneficiary of the military health system to receive treatment in an MTF at no cost to them.
US DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
In the event of sexual harassment:
Informal complaints of sexual harassment involve less severe or egregious incidents that can be resolved by the individual, with the help of another, and/or by the direct resolution. Typically, these involve something a complainant believes can be resolved through discussion, problem identification, counseling, and/or clarification of the issues. Initiating an informal complaint does not require the complainant to submit anything in writing and is not subject to timelines. These cases are typically not required to be reported to higher headquarters, but aggregate data are sometimes reported to major commands. Victim Advocates (VA) and SARCs have Victim Privilege MRE 514. When working with a Complainant, VA and SARCs are advocating. SARCs are not trained in mediation and they are not neutral due to the NOVA code of ethics.
The formal military complaint requires use of DA Form 7279 (Equal Opportunity Complaint Form), and claimants must swear to the accuracy of their allegations. The process contains specific timelines, and commands are required to include specific documentation. All formal sexual harassment complaints are reportable to higher headquarters.
Formal complaints for DA Civilians, former employees, or applicants seeking employment, and certain contract employees are handled through the EEO complaint process. Details of the complaint process for Civilian personnel filing a complaint are found in AR 690-600 (Equal Employment Opportunity Discrimination Complaints).
In the event of sexual assault:
1. Get to a safe place. If you are in need of urgent medical attention, call 911. If you are not injured, you still need medical assistance to protect your health. Any medical facility within the surrounding area will assist you when reporting to the Emergency Department.
2. Contact your local SHARP representative, or call the Fort Jackson Sexual Assault Hotline at 803-543-3085.
3. To protect evidence, do not shower, brush your teeth, put on make-up, eat, or drink, or change clothes until advised to do so. You or your SHARP representative may report the crime to Army or local law enforcement.
Restricted sexual assault report:
We value your privacy. Restricted reporting offers Soldiers and Family members (except underage children) the option to report a sexual assault without having to notify law enforcement and protecting the identity of the victim.
This option is only available if you report the incident to your victim advocate, medical care facility, or sexual assault response coordinator (SARC).
Unrestricted sexual assault report:
Unrestricted Reporting is the military’s preferred reporting method because it provides the widest latitude to help and protect victims of sexual assault. Through the unrestricted option, details of the incident are kept confidential and are only disclosed on a need to know basis. An unrestricted report triggers an investigation so that offenders may be held accountable and the safety of the victim is ensured.
Entitlements (independent of the reporting option)
• Medical care
• Pastoral care upon request
• Sexual assault forensic examination
Unrestricted reporting victims are also entitled to:
• Military protection order
• Legal advice
• Request transfer from their unit
• Law enforcement investigation into the incident