The purpose of this essay is to discuss why the number of sexual assaults continues to rise in the Army. Sexual assault is the intentional sexual contact characterized by using of force, threats, intimidation, or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent.
The term includes a broad category of sexual offenses consisting of the following specific UCMJ offenses: rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact, forcible sodomy (forced oral or anal sex), or attempts to commit these offenses. Men and Women, especially women, serving in the army have been sexually assaulted for many years. The army has been dealing with enormous and overwhelming issue through Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Program (SHARP). The Army regulation 600-20 chapter 7 and 8 covers SHARP.
With such program in place what is the current severity of the issue? Will it help decrease the enormous problem of sexual assault the Army is currently going through?