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Prevention aims to stop incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault before they occur. Prevention requires a comprehensive approach involving a range of activities. Everyone plays a part at the individual, peer group, unit, and Army community levels. Prevention protects the force and supports implementation of the Army People Strategy, which describes how we Acquire, Develop, Employ, and Retain Talent.

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“We are all charged with setting conditions that enforce Army standards to prevent sexual offenses. Protecting our people protects our mission.”
– Gen. James C. McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army

The Army’s prevention activities are supported by a system that includes:

  • Leaders at all levels building cohesive teams and maintaining professional unit climates.
  • Army SHARP professionals helping leaders to plan, implement, and assess prevention activities.
  • Collaborative relationships that share innovative prevention methods and help to integrate efforts.
  • Prevention information and knowledge flow that enhances understanding and decision-making.

The Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Annex to the Army People Strategy describes our Army approach.

The Army’s prevention efforts align with and support the Department of Defense Prevention Plan of Action. To learn more visit the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office website.