sustainability of the U.S army. Contemporary Army issue facing the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Prevention (SHARP) Program Sexual assault is a significant issue in the U.S Army. Statistics show that 20500 veterans experiences sexual assault and harassment in 2018 ("Military Sexual Assault: Why Are Service Members at Risk and What Can Be Done to Prevent It?," 2019). 0.7% of soldiers that were sexually assaulted were men, while 6.2% were female soldiers. The significant disparity between the genders shows that women are at a higher risk of being sexually molested that men are. Age disparity is also a significant factor with regard to sexual assault and molestation within the army. Apparently, young soldiers that have served in the military for a relatively shorter time have a higher risk of being sexually assaulted than veterans that have been serving in the military for a relatively long time ( Castro et al., 2015 ). Another group of people that has a high risk for sexual assault and harassment is veterans that have been transferred from one geographical region to another. This is especially if the veteran does not share in the culture of their new working environment ( Castro et a., 2015 ). This shows that disparities in geographical location, ethnicity, and racial differences are also major factors for sexual assault and harassment within the army. Integration of Army Values to Embrace an Environment of Dignity and respect The army has a duty to enforce an environment of dignity and respect for all individuals. The army value of duty implies accomplishing one’s roles and responsibilities beyond the assigned tasks ("Army Values," n.d.). More precisely, soldiers owe the public, their colleagues,
ARMY VALUES 4 and themselves a duty of care, which compels them to prevent any an activity that would hurt their stakeholders in any way to include physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. Accomplishing the mission of the SHARP program requires the attainment of the value of duty at the team level and more importantly, upholding integrity and selflessness so that individual missions would not compromise the army values.
- Spring '19
- Thomas Meade
- Human sexual behavior, United States Army