SHARP ESSAY BLC.docx - Why does the number of sexual...

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Why does the number of sexual assaults continue to increase throughout the Army? Sexual assault events have been increasing throughout the Army, despite efforts to decrease the occurrence of such events. Sexual assault includes any physical contact or sexual behavior that happens without the victim's consent. “The Army first introduced SAPR (now SHARP) training in 2006 by requiring annual unit training and subsequently embedding it in all levels of PME from IET to the Army War College.” (FY14_DoD_Report_to_POTUS_Enclosure_1_Army P.6). The purpose of this training program is to train and educate leaders on sexual harassment and assault. Although this program was put in place to decrease sexual harassment and assault, statistics provide evidence that there are more reports each year. This approach does not seem like it is reducing such events from happening, but the numbers are increasing due to more victims confiding in their chain of command and reporting the incidences.

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