20th CBRNE Command - Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention

Matthew Gilbert

Office: 410-306-3149
    We are responsible for and committed to eliminating sexual assault within the 20th CBRNE Command. Sexual assault is a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and a violation of Army Values. It is intentional sexual contact, characterized by using force, physical threat, or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. It is our moral obligation to do everything in our power to prevent this crime from occurring.
    Prevention begins with the proper training and education of our Soldiers and family members on sexual assault issues. We must all be prepared to act and intervene when something seems wrong. If we see a Soldier or family member who is vulnerable, we must act to ensure that person's safety. We must be especially alert to situations involving the use of alcohol, as many sexual assaults occur when people are intoxicated - both the perpetrator and the victim. We must moderate our use of alcohol and always ensure that we have friends or fellow Soldiers looking out for our best interests. Remember that an acquaintance, not a stranger, commits most sexual assault offenses. We should also be aware that sexual assault is not just a problem for Soldiers. It affects our family members, often occurring in housing areas here on Schofield Barracks and elsewhere. We must be aware of our family's surroundings and always provide for their safety when we invite others into our homes. Protect the most vulnerable in our community, our children. When prevention fails, we will respond to sexual assault with care and concern for victims, complete investigation, and appropriate offender accountability.
    Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling: 20th CBRNE CMD SHARP: (443)-655-2107 US Army APG SHARP Hotline line: (410) 322-7154. Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to report offenses so that sexual assaults are investigated and prevent repeat offenses and the victimization of others. Restricted reporting. Restricted or confidential reporting allows a Soldier who is a victim of sexual assault to confidentially report and receive medical treatment and counseling without an official investigation. To receive a Restricted Report, the victim can only report to the SARC, Victim Advocate, Health Care Provider, or Chaplain. Unrestricted reporting. Unrestricted reporting allows a victim of sexual assault to receive medical treatment, counseling, and a law enforcement investigation. To receive an Unrestricted Report, the victim can report to the SARC, Victim Advocate, Health Care Provider, Chaplain, Chain of Command, or Law Enforcement.
    This command will act on all reports of sexual assault. First and foremost, victims will be treated with dignity, fairness, and respect. Victims will have access to medical care, counseling, and victim advocacy. All unrestricted reports of sexual assault will be thoroughly investigated by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID). Furthermore, by direction of the Secretary of Defense, disposition authority for allegations of rape, sexual assault, and forcible sodomy is withheld to brigade commanders. This means that brigade commanders, at a minimum, are required to make decisions regarding cases involving such crimes. Sexual assault is a crime and will not be tolerated in this Command or the U.S. Army.