D.C. (Army News Service) — Help
is on the way for commanders who are launching sexual harassment and
assault prevention programs at the battalion level.
Army’s newly restructured Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and
Prevention, or SHARP office, has begun distributing "I. A.M.
Strong" sexual assault prevention information kits to Army
A.M. stands for "intervene, act, motivate."
intent of the "I. A.M. Strong" kits is to provide commanders
materials that promote Soldier awareness of the "I. A.M.
Strong" campaign to promote the prevention of sexual harassment
and sexual assault.
kits contain a Commander’s Guide, Leader’s How-To Guide, brochures
and wallet cards for each Soldier, a DVD, poster series, and banners.
DVD portrays real victims and real accounts of sexual assault from
involvement of all leaders and Soldiers is necessary for successful
prevention efforts," said Maj. Gen. John R. Hawkins III, the Army
G-1’s director of Human Resources Policy. "All leaders,
military and Army Civilian, must maintain an environment that rejects
sexual assault and attitudes and behaviors that promote such
said the "I. A.M. Strong" kits give leaders and Soldiers the
tools they need to ensure each individual understands his or her role
in combating this crime.
the initial distribution of kits is completed, commanders will be able
to order replacement kit items through an on-demand replenishment Web
sexual harassment and assault prevention programs are part of an
Armywide effort over the next five years to change Army culture to
encourage reporting of incidents and stamp out sexual assault within
2007, the number of sexual assaults in the Army was twice that of its
program intends to ensure a cultural about-face: to transform Army
climate and become the model for the nation in prevention of sexual
harassment and assault, officials said.
Army launched its "I. A.M. Strong" campaign at a sexual
assault prevention summit in September 2008. To better realize the
goals of already-established prevention and response programs, the
Secretary of the Army approved the reorganization of the Department of
the Army’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, now called
the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Division, or
SHARP office, which has assumed the Prevention of Sexual Harassment
missions formerly run by Army Equal Opportunity and Equal Employment
Opportunity offices to prevent duplication of efforts and resources.
on the offensive to stop the crime of sexual assault before it even
happens," said Nathan F. Evans, Army Sexual Harassment/ Assault
Response and Prevention program and policy analyst. "Commanders
at all levels have been charged to aggressively implement their
command’s ‘I. A.M. Strong’ prevention program," Evans said.
information on the Army’s sexual harassment and assault response and
prevention program may be found at the Web site http://www.preventsexualassault.army.mil.