The 4th annual I. A.M. Strong Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention (SHARP) Summit begins next Monday, 28 March 2011, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. This event will lead into National Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month. This year’s theme is “Committed to Achieving Cultural Change to Stop Sexual Assault.”
The week-long summit will focus on four objectives:
- Initiating the execution of Phase III (Achieving Cultural Change) of the I. A.M. STRONG Campaign by focusing efforts on brigade and battalion leaders and their SHARP proponents. The goal is to eliminate incidents of sexual harassment and assault through a comprehensive program that centers on awareness and prevention, training and education, reporting options, timely responses, victim advocacy and accountability.
- Providing information on the I. A.M. STRONG campaign that can be used by all to foster respectful treatment of others and prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault. I. A.M. STRONG is the Army’s campaign to combat sexual assaults by engaging all Soldiers and civilians in preventing sexual assaults before they occur.
- Providing forums for attendees to learn best practices from subject matter experts representing civilian and federal agencies, such as the Department of Justice and the Department of Education. Notable speakers include Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George Casey and Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler III.
- Introducing training and support materials to help proponents execute the I. A.M. STRONG Program.
We’ll be live-tweeting from the summit via @USArmyOnTheGo (http://twitter.com/USArmyOnTheGo) and invite you to join the conversation using the summit’s official hashtag, #SHARPSummit11. Miss a panel or can’t make it? Soldiers Radio & TV (http://www.dvidshub.net/units/SRTV) will be broadcasting from the summit.
For more information on the I. A.M. STRONG campaign, visit http://www.preventsexualassault.army.mil/.