“The moment every Soldier says enough is enough and every voice says, ‘not in my squad,’ then the leadership has effectively integrated SHARP thinking into the command team.” This is a statement from Cpl. Christian Jones’ Basic Leadership Course (BLC) winning essay about Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP).
Jones, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 7th Sustainment Brigade, graduated Aug. 24 with 277 Soldiers from BLC on the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg NCO Academy parade field.
During the course, students were given a written assignment on the subject of why SHARP was happening in the Army and some ideas for preventing it. Jones was awarded the top SHARP essay out of all the students.
“First, in order to identify SHARP, when it comes to leaders, you have to first know what sexual harassment and sexual assault is,” said Jones. “Before sexual harassment was only verbal but now it can also be physical. We need to make sure that people know it’s not only female victims but sexual harassment and assault can happen to males as well.”
In the essay, Jones described what SHARP is and the different ways that Soldiers can help prevent sexual harassment or assault from happening.
“One way to help prevent it is to build trust within the ranks, have Soldiers feel more comfortable to where if anything is wrong they can go to their leaders and talk about it,” she said “They should not feel discouraged or anything.”
Jones, a native of Beaufort, South Carolina, stated that she had very strong feelings about this subject and she was very excited when they announced her as the winner of the SHARP essay.
“I was happy, I just want people to take away that we all are different races and cultures but we are all still one Family,” said Jones. “We look out for each other and take care of one another. (It’s not just about) I because we have to take care of our squad, our battalion.”
The SHARP program is the proactive effort by the Army to end sexual harassment and sexual assault within its ranks. If you are a victim of sexual assault or harassment and just need to talk with someone, call the hotline at (910) 584-4267. If you have questions or concerns, visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/programs/sharp.