Sexual Assault And Assault Response And Prevention Program

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History Sexual assault has plagued the military since its inception. The chain of command (COC) is responsible for maintaining the good order and conduct of our service members (SMs). Unfortunately, the U.S. military has not been able to effectively combat the occurrences of sexual assault. Billions of taxpayer dollars have been thrown at the problem, programs have been implemented and task forces have been mobilized. To combat this epidemic, the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program (SHARP) is the U.S. military’s main effort. SHARP is designed to promote advocacy and provide support for victims of sexual assault, in order to decrease or eliminate the instances of sexual assault among SMs. However, the problem of sexual assault still persists and has increased according to data collected by the Department of Defense (DOD) (DOD, 2013).
The DOD released a survey that revealed some astonishing numbers. During the fiscal year of 2012, approximately 26,000 sexual assaults were committed in the U.S. military, which is a 37% increase from 2011. Sexual assault cost the U.S. military approximately $3.6 billion (DOD, 2013). The data indicates that sexual assault is on the rise, and it is costing the military enormous amounts of resources and tax payer dollars.
The perceived problem is within the chain of command (COC). Sen. Gillibrand suggests that current reporting procedures within the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) creates an…
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