The Army And The Challenges It Faces

Why does the Army continue to have cases of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault? Despite all the leaning and training that goes into this subject. The Army still struggles to defeat this problem. The Army continues to have these issues even with all these classes they give. So what is Sexual Harassment? What is sexual assault? How can we help the victims, were can they go to seek help. What is Sexual harassment? Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination that involves unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature between the same or opposite genders.

  By example. A PFC wants to get promoted faster. Her platoon sergeant tells her, hey if you really want this promotion you will go out to the club with me and have some drinks and it’s a lawful order. So now not only did the NCO abuse his rank and position. But he now scared the young PFC into something she didn’t want to do.

This is just one form of Sexual Harassment that happens a lot throughout the Army. Quid pro quo. “Quid pro quo” is a Latin term meaning ‘this for that.”

This is the mentally that goes around the Army every day. What is Sexual assault? Sexual assault is a crime defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. A key factor that falls into place for sure is alcohol.

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For example going to the bar meeting up with a friend. Then getting to drunk not to give consent but still force the victim into having sex or doing other things. At this point the victims are either to drunk or threaten by the perpetrator. The hardest part of this is people see this happening and do not step in. They just let it happen. People will not interfere because it’s the cool thing to do. The Army has come up with a Sexual Harassment Assault Response Prevention (SHARP). You can find information on SHARP using AR 600-20 chapter 8. This program was created to help victims with reporting, as well as get them the help they require.

The best thing about this program is that the victims can report an incident and not have to worry about being scared or feeling threatened by perpetrator. This program has different types of reporting. You have two ways of reporting you have restricted and unrestricted. With restricted reporting the victim can confidently disclose a Sexual assault without an official investigation. Even though the victim reports this way it is still possible for the victim to work aside the attacker. Unrestricted reporting triggers an investigation and help is still available for the victim. The victims are able to go to your SARC, Chaplin or commander if you want to file unrestricted. To file restricted the victim can talk to your Non Commissioned Officer or whoever the victim feels comfortable with In conclusion Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault will continue to happen. It’s an ongoing process that seems to never die down.

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