NEWS | Oct. 15, 2015

AMEDDC&S, HRCoE hosts SHARP training


The U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, U.S. Army Health Readiness Center of  Excellence at Fort Sam Houston recently hosted a two-week Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention team course for Joint Base San Antonio to certify additional victim advocates and SHARP advisors for AMEDDC&S, HRCoE.

The training ensures AMEDDC&S HRCoE maintains a sufficient number of victim advocates and SHARP advisors to assist command teams with prevention and awareness, training and responding to reports of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

AMEDDC&S, HRCoE Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Rhoades spoke to the class Sept. 25 in Willis Hall.

“As new graduates of the SHARP course, you have a huge responsibility,” Rhoades said. “The biggest issue is prevention. I look to you to educate your formations on everyone’s responsibilities when it comes to taking care of each other in the prevention of sexual assault. You will need to keep an eye out for predatory behaviors and potentially stop an incident before it occurs. Sexual assault is devastating to a unit and degrades readiness and the morale.”

The training focused on how to manage the Army’s SHARP Program. Training objectives focus on sexual assault response coordinator, victim advocate and SHARP advisor roles and responsibilities, and the fundamental elements of sexual harassment and sexual assault oversight and case management.