Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention (SHARP) Program

Sexual assault can reduce the strength of your entire unit. You have a responsibility as a Soldier to work to prevent sexual assault from occurring in your unit.

For more information call (787) 707-3481 / 3518, (787) 221-7612 or (787) 221-7615.

Policy and Regulations

  • Army Regulation AR 600-20, Army Command Policy (Chapter 7 & 8), 18 March 2008 (Rapid Action Revision (RAR) Issue Date: 20 September 2012)
  • DoD Instruction 6495.02, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program Procedures,
    (28 March 2013)
  • MEDCOM Regulation 40-36, Medical Facility Management of Sexual Assault, 21 Jan 2009
  • Army Regulation 27-10, Military Justice, 6 September 2002

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is a crime. Sexual assault is 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. Sexual assault includes:

  • Rape - Sexual intercourse by force and without consent.
  • Nonconsensual Sodomy - Oral or anal sex by force and without consent.
  • Indecent Assault - Unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling.
  • Carnal Knowledge - Sexual intercourse with a child under age 16.
  • Attempts to commit these acts.

Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim.

"Consent" shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the victim to offer physical resistance. Consent is not given when a person uses force, threat of force, coercion or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated, or unconscious.

Other sex-related offenses are defined as all other sexual acts or acts in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that do not meet the above definition of sexual assault, or the definition of sexual harassment as promulgated in DoD Directive 1350.2, Department of Defense Military Equal Opportunity. Examples of other sex-related offenses could include indecent acts with another and adultery.

For the specific articles of sexual assault offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), see the Manual for Courts-Martial (MCM).

What is the difference between sexual assault and sexual harassment?

Sexual assault and sexual harassment are not the same, although they are related to each other.

  • Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances,    requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. For more information    on sexual harassment, see Army Regulation 600-20.
  • Sexual assault refers specifically to rape, forcible sodomy, indecent assault, or carnal knowledge as    defined by the UCMJ.
  • Sexual assault must involve physical contact. While sexual harassment can involve physical contact, it    can also refer to verbal or other forms of gender discrimination of a sexual nature. Sexual assault is a    crime punishable by the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
  • Sexual assault and sexual harassment can victimize males as well as females and can occur at any time.
  • Both sexual assault and sexual harassment detract from a positive unit climate and can have detrimental    effects on individual growth and teamwork. Teamwork is vital to combat readiness.
  • Both sexual assault and sexual harassment are incompatible with Army Values.
  • Both sexual assault and sexual harassment are incompatible with the Warrior Ethos.

What are the types of sexual harassment?

  • Quid Pro Quo sexual harassment refers to conditions placed on a person's career or terms of employment    in return for sexual favors. It involves threats of adverse actions if the victim does not submit or promises    of favorable actions if the person does submit.
  • Hostile Environment sexual harassment occurs when a person is subjected to offensive, unwanted, and    unsolicited comments and behavior of a sexual nature that interferes with that person's work performance    or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

What is the Army's policy on sexual assault?

The Army policy on sexual assault is as follows:

  • Sexual assault is a criminal offense that has no place in the Army. It degrades mission readiness by    devastating the Army's ability to work effectively as a team.
  • Sexual assault is incompatible with Army Values and the Warrior Ethos and is punishable under the    Uniform Codes of Military Justice (UCMJ) and other federal and local civilian laws.

The Army will use training, education, and awareness to:

  • Prevent sexual assault
  • Promote the sensitive handling of victims of sexual assault
  • Offer confidential counseling
  • Hold those who commit sexual assault offenses accountable Reinforce a commitment to Army Values
  • The Army will treat all victims of sexual assault with dignity, fairness, and respect.
  • The Army will treat every sexual assault incident seriously, thoroughly investigate the incident, and hold    those who commit offenses accountable.

Assistance Centers

Army Community Services: (787) 707-3804
Centro de Ayuda a Víctimas de Violación: (787) 756-0910/0920/0930 or 1-800-981-5721
Rodriguez Army Health Clinic Sexual Assault Care Coordinator (SACC) (787) 707-2175
Religious Support Office: (787) 707-3405/3904
Military Family Life Consultants: (787) 685-3423/3429/3426; (787) 707-4084
Military One Source: 1(800) 375-5971 (Español) - 1 (800) 342-9647
Military Police (24/7): (787) 707-3337 unrestricted Reporting Option
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator: (787) 707-3481 / 3518; 24/7 Helpline - (877) 995-5247
Installation Legal Office (ILO): (787) 707-5147/5154/5155
Fort Buchanan Switchboard Operator: (787) 707-4636