Role Of An Army Brigade Combat Team (BCT) Sexual Assault Response And Prevention

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The Army’s number one priority is Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention
(SHARP). Army senior leaders continue to emphasize the importance of the SHARP program. Army leaders demand their soldiers to internalize the intent of SHARP and those soldiers’ actions are conducive to the overall goal of the Army’s SHARP program. For this assignment, I chose to interview an Army Brigade Combat Team’s (BCT) Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC).
The SARC is responsible for ensuring that BCT soldiers/leaders receive mandatory bi-annual training. Secondly, the SARC serves as one (of many) point of contact for a person(s) to report a sexual assault (victim and/or a person with knowledge of such an incident). Finally, the SARC reviews (reported) sexual assault statistics from the Department of Defense, the Army, the BCT’s military installation, and the BCT. The SARC is responsible for analyzing the aforementioned statistics and providing input to the BCT commander, on a continuous basis. The commander considers the SARC’s analysis as a result indicator to help him determine the efficacy of
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The SARC procures the number of reported cases through multiple means. Since the SARC is one of several personnel who can receive/process a sexual assault report, the SARC must also pull this data from other reporting points of contact, which include the military installation’s hospital victim advocate, the Provost Marshall, and the unit’s chain of command. The SARC compiles all reported incidents into a database and routinally analyzes the reports in order to identify trends, anomolies, etc. Each month, the BCT commander chairs a SHARP meeting where the SARC and all subordinate command teams (battalion commanders and sergeant majors) attend. Within the SHARP meeting, the SARC presents reporting statistics (for the last month) and offers his analysis to the

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