The SHARP scenarios are located here and within Appendix B of the Harmful Behaviors Prevention Handbook. These scenarios are based on discussions condensed from a series of actual cases and are designed to be discussed candidly within small groups. It is recommended to keep discussion groups limited to 10 people or less. The conversations these scenarios generate can be uncomfortable and shocking. As such, the feedback to the commander must be candid yet tactful.
Develop positive command climates that do not tolerated sexual harassment and/or sexual assault.
Recognize the importance of enduring cultural change in relation to Army Values of dignity and respect.
Recognize the detrimental impact to readiness from sexual harassment or sexual assault incidents, counter-productive leadership, and the erosion of trust.
Solve tactical and ethical problems using Army principles, doctrine and warfighting.
Demonstrate effective leadership at all echelons.
Develop problem-solving capabilities to eliminate sexual harassment and sexual assault incidents.
Create awareness and ownership of the SHARP program.
Prepare formations by discussing uncomfortable issues, which can be detrimental to the force.
Empower Soldiers, at every level, with the skills to address inappropriate behaviors, harmful attitudes that decrease unit cohesion and degrade readiness
Note: The following scenarios/vignettes are based on actual occurrences, as told to the developers of the training support package. The language used is intentionally casual and reflective of how Soldiers may speak informally. Remember to choose one scenario only per group.
Ben Smith just started in your office. He and his wife just came here from Schofield [or whatever location you prefer to use]. He tells you that he is a former Army soldier, and this is his first civilian job.
You ask how he likes being out of the Army. He says the jury’s still out, and he laughs. He asks you what you like about working here. You tell him that you too are newish, but from what you can gather the supervisor, Mrs. Reeves, is a real old-school type. She is also ex-military and has very particular ideas about professionalism and dress. He laughs and says, “Ahhh, thanks for the heads up. I am still unpacking, better look for the box with my suits”.
Two days later, you notice that Mrs. Reeves is hanging around Ben’s desk all the time, and she keeps Ben late on Friday. You ask him why. He shrugs and says, “Who knows why she does anything” and changes the subject.
A few weeks later you run into Ben at a gas station at the other side of the post, you are surprised because he had called in sick. He looks both surprised and irritated. You ask what’s up, and he tells you, “It’s nothing, bad day, but thanks for asking”.
The next day you are walking down the hall and you overhear him talking to someone else. You hear Ben say, “She is relentless, she’s “accidently” touched my ass three times today. I hate it and I want to make a complaint”.
The other voice says, “Hey man, you know I get it, hell, I lived it, but she’s two months from leaving and no one wants to go through all that BS that comes with charges. She gets charged, found not responsible, and then stays just to screw with us. Just take one for the team."
SPC Jackson is new to the platoon and wants to make a good impression. At his first Field Training Exercise (FTX) he notices that everyone sits together during mealtime.
The highlight of the day is “story time” where someone shares a sexual conquest from their past as the social norm. He listens and laughs; however, he’s torn on the inside because he just wasn’t raised in this manner.
One statement was made that caused him cringe and shake his head. Another team member noticed and states, “Come on man, don’t tell me you never heard about this one before?”
SPC Jackson thinks to himself, I got to go along to get along and states “of course I have” and smiles awkwardly.
About six months ago, Mr. Lewis transferred from another office. You know a few people he worked with before and they said he was “alright, a little weird and has a strange sense of humor but generally ok.” You figured everyone is a little weird, and he’s been around for a long time, so it should be an easy transition.
After a few weeks, everyone on staff was getting along well. As you were warned Mr. Lewis was a little weird, but whatever. Some of the female uniformed staff didn’t seem to like him. He is bit of a close talker with the uniformed folks and one afternoon you hear him making inappropriate jokes and comments around the female PFCs. He told one PFC she was “too pretty to be a Soldier,” but she didn’t look bothered.
PFC Banks comes to your office and asks if you can give her some advice. She tells you that she’s having a problem with Mr. Lewis.
She says “he keeps saying weird things, like asking me if I had any birthmarks hiding under my uniform. Stuff like that. And while yeah, that’s seriously weird and definitely inappropriate it’s mostly harmless, ya know. I asked my friend and she said he is ‘just a dork’ and to ignore and avoid him. So, I didn’t say anything else. I mean, I don’t want to ruin his career or have nothing happen and he gets revenge.
But then yesterday, I was up on the third floor, and I saw him talking with PFC Heller alone at the end of the hall, you know by the bathrooms. She looked upset and I heard her say, “Sir please let me go.” I dropped my keys to make a noise and they turned. She looked relieved and left quickly by the other stairs.
He walked up to me and made a joke about what was I “up to” up there. Can you believe that? I’m not sure what will happen next, but I think maybe he’s not harmless? I am not sure what Heller wants to do and me either. But I do not want to tell leadership until we are sure.”
1. Jane Becker is a coworker. Up until recently she has been a rock star in the office. Great demeanor, thorough, supportive of others, someone you can count on to get things done.
2. The last few weeks she has been coming in late and seems distracted. She has cancelled two meetings with you in as many days.
3. You ask her to lunch to find out what’s going on and see if there is anything you can do to help.
4. She tells you “I don’t know where to start, but well, I went out with…actually I don’t want to say. Anyway, a Solider asked me out a month ago. He seemed nice and the first date went well. Two weeks ago, we went on another date, and I got too drunk, I admit it, and he took me home.
5. I passed out, and when I came to, I was undressed, and he was getting dressed. He told me he had a great time and had to go.
6. I can’t remember anything, and I wasn’t ready to have sex. I don’t know what to think. I’m having trouble sleeping and concentrating. I just don’t know what to think.”
1. CPT Long is a self-proclaimed ladies’ man in his own mind. He’s made several inquiries about SGT Coffee, who just arrived in theater about two weeks ago.
2. SGT Coffee received her safety brief about being alone on the Forward Operating Base (FOB). She always made sure to pay particular attention of her surroundings, however; she desperately needed to do laundry tonight because she needed her clothes cleaned by tomorrow.
3. CPT Long spotted her heading to the laundry room alone and quickly gathered some things to have a chance encounter.
4. He waited about 5 minutes to make sure she was alone and entered the laundry room. It didn’t take him long to make his moves on her.
5. About 17 minutes later, her designated battle buddy SGT Gaithers who had been looking for her, spotted her leaving the laundry room half-dressed in a hurry.
6. Upon catching up with her she just blurted out “you told me this could happen, why didn’t I listen to you”
SGT Martin has a nickname amongst the squad as “Mr. Touchy Feely”.
SPC Vick and PFC Rand are not fans of the way SGT Martin always congratulates them by patting their rear ends, after minor accomplishments like after physical fitness completion, doing well at the range, and organized sports.
SSG Wheeler has told the individuals that brought it to his attention that’s it’s just the way he is, and he means nothing by it. He also stated some “Good leaders show their appreciation in many ways”.