SHARP Outreach Webinars

Previous Webinars:


May 2017: Criminal Investigation Command

During this presentation, Supervisory Special Agents Guy Surian and T.L. Williams, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), discusses the current and future sexual assault investigators assigned locations, investigation collaboration with civilian law enforcement agencies, and the military criminal investigative organization "Catch a Serial Offender" program.

April 2017: Connecting with Male Survivors of Sexual Assault

Connecting with Male Survivors of Sexual Assault, presented by Dr. Mary Froning from MaleSurvivor. This webinar highlights the important differences between male and female survivors of sexual assault in terms of communicating and connecting with the victims. Dr. Froning will focus the ultimate goals of providing better service and being more successful in helping survivors accept resources to help them heal.

March 2017: One Love Foundation

Jaklyn Van Manen, Manager of Campus Engagement at One Love, will talk about the issue of relationship abuse and its ties to the Continuum of Harm. During this webinar, you will learn about the prevalence of relationship abuse, ways to take action in an abusive relationship, how to educate others about this important topic, and learning about outreach opportunities available with One Love. One Loves mission is to end relationship abuse by educating young people about healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors and empowering them to be leadersdriving change in their communities.

Feb. 2017: The Intersection of Stalking and Sexual Assault

Research has shown that 7.5 million adults are stalked in one year in the United States. Yet, stalking is a crime that is often misunderstood, minimized, or missed entirely especially in situations that also involve sexual assault. Recognizing that stalking is often the precursor to sexual assaults can not only help in bystander intervention, but it can also aid in holding the offender accountable. Elaina Roberts, J.D., Legal Director at the Stalking Resource Center presents The Intersection of Stalking and Sexual Assault. This webinar will discuss how stalking and sexual assault can intersect, as well as the importance of recognizing this intersectionality when working with victims.

Jan. 2017: Helping Men Recover from Military Sexual Assault and Harassment

Helping Men Recover from Military Sexual Assault and Harassment presented by Dr. Christopher Skidmore, Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services and the National Military Sexual Trauma Support Team Member. Dr. Skidmore discusses health care services available in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to assist men who have experienced military sexual assault and harassment (or military sexual trauma, as it is known in VA); ways that military sexual assault and harassment can impact men, including aspects of the experience that may be particularly difficult for men; and important aspects of the recovery process for men. He explores ways of responding to military sexual assault/harassment in men and apply it in your work.

Dec. 2016: Training & Engaging Bystanders to Prevent Sexual Violence

Dr. Sharyn Potter provides a presentation on Training and Engaging Bystanders to Prevent Sexual Violence. Her presentation examines how members of the community can be trained to identify situations where sexual violence is occurring or about to occur, and instances where it has already occurred. She discusses how members of the community can safely intervene to diffuse situations. Dr, Potter also presents research on best practices.

Nov. 2016: Special Victims Counsel ProgramUpdate

Dr. Sharyn Potter provides a presentation on Training and Engaging Bystanders to Prevent Sexual Violence. Her presentation examines how members of the community can be trained to identify situations where sexual violence is occurring or about to occur, and instances where it has already occurred. She discusses how members of the community can safely intervene to diffuse situations. Dr, Potter also presents research on best practices.

Oct. 2016: SHARP Communities of Practice

This months Outreach Webinar is an overview of SHARP's social media presence and the programs Community of Practice (COP) located on milSuite. The SHARP Program Office offers a number of tools to assist SHARP Professionals in building best practices, including newsletters, media updates and current events from around the Army. Presented by Ms. Julianne Metzger, SHARP Social Media Manager, the webinar attendees learn how to navigate each social media site, SHARPs digital strategy, and how SHARP Professionals can maximize these resources to serve their audiences and stakeholders.

Aug. 2016: The Monument Quilt

Ms. Hannah Brancato and Ms. Kalima Young presents the Monument Quilt, which is a platform for individuals and communities to grieve and heal. It is a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. By stitching stories together, it is creating and demanding public space to heal. The Monument Quilt is a platform to not only tell your story, but to work together to forever change how Americans respond to rape [and abuse].

Aug. 2016: BOUT that Life: Bystander Intervention

Bystander intervention programs are not one-size-fits all. There exists a gap in bystander intervention programs that speak to the needs of people of color. This webinar unveils a new bystander intervention program, BOUT That Life presented by Ms. Chimi Boyd-Keyes, tailored specifically for communities of color at predominantly white institutions (PWIs) as well as historically black college and university (HBCU) campuses.

June 2016: Working with LGBT Survivors of Sexual Assault and Harassment

Dr. Heather McCauley explores sexual assault and sexual harassment among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender peoples, including the epidemiology of the problem and risk factors that increase vulnerability for sexual assault, including early childhood exposure to violence. She discusses the components of an effective response for LGBT survivors, including suggestions for treatment and prevention of re-victimization.

May 2016: Reactions to Rape

"Reactions to Rape: Short and Long Term Reactions with a Focus on the Gray Areas and on Treatment of PTSD" is presented by Dr. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie. "Reactions to Rape" covers the varied responses to sexual assault, which victims often display. Most clinicians and service members are familiar with PTSD but less so with, "counter-intuitive "and self-injurious reactions. This presentation will outline treatment of PTSD, specific to victims of sexual assault.

April 2016: A Voice Unheard: Victim Perspective on Male Victimization

COL Jack Usrey tells his story of being sexually assaulted from the ages of 5 to 12 by his babysitter, neighbor, and family acquaintance. He shares the impact it's had on his life and why he didn't share it with anyone until his first child was born. He talks about the first time he shared his story with an audience of 400. Following his presentation, 30 sexual assault survivors within the audience contacted him. Closing out, he will offer his thoughts on how the Army can widen its scope in getting after sexual assault and things leaders and parents should consider as they lead Soldiers and raise their families.

April 2016: Engaging Leadership

Across the Army, leaders at all levels are urged to step up, model behaviors and attitudes that make a difference in preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment. MG Victor Braden provides a candid presentation focusing on Best Practices for engaging leadership, concerning SHARP-related matters. It also includes insight and recommendations on how to successfully overcome potential challenges in approaching leadership; and how to work with leaders before a sexual assault or sexual harassment incident occurs. MG Braden spends time answering questions in an extensive Q&A session.

March 2016: Transforming Trauma: Self-Care for SARCs and VAs

Ms. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute presents Transforming Trauma - How to Do This Work and Not Completely Lose Our Minds. Ms. van Dernoot Lipsky offers a compelling mix of personal insight and cutting-edge research. Filled with stories, quotes, and countless New Yorker cartoons. She has been widely praised as both engaging and effective at conveying the cumulative impact of ongoing exposure to suffering or trauma. This session provides information about vicarious/secondary trauma, addresses the effects of subsequent primary trauma on those already in a state of hyper-vigilance; and provides discussion of what individuals and workplaces can do to help create a sustainable way to work.

Feb. 2016: Working with Men Who Have Been Sexually Abused or Assaulted

Social norms for men often inhibit their effective emotional responses to sexual trauma, men often learn to cope in other ways sometimes not very effectively. This may include addiction to alcohol, drugs, food, work, pornography and unsafe sexual practices; risky physical activities; issues with anger management; suicide, and physical violence. Instead of calling rape crisis centers or mental health clinics, male survivors often show up in court, rehab facilities, or in the ER without ever disclosing their secret. During the presentation, Ms. Marin explores how providers working with men in clinical or non-clinical settings can remain sensitive and receptive to a possible underlying source of many mens negative behaviors and provide appropriate resources.

Jan. 2016: Giving Voice to Values

Dr. Mary Gentile, Director of Giving Voice to Values, shares an innovative approach to values-driven leadership development that addresses a new question; rather than focusing on, "What is the right thing to do?" Giving Voice To Values (GVV) asks and answers, "How can we get the right thing done?" She works with participants to apply this popular pedagogy to a series of SHARP-related scenarios, helping to identify literal "scripts" and plans of action for responding to sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Dec. 2015: SHARP CoPs & Social Media Overview

This webinar addresses the SHARP Program Office's online presence and the Community of Practice (CoP) located on milSuite, as well, on major social media outlets. SHARP offers a number of tools to assist SHARP Professionals in building best practices, including current and past webinars, newsletters, media updates and current events from around the Army. This webinar is presented by Ms. Julianne Metzger, SHARP Social Media Manager.

Nov. 2015: Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault & the Bar Outreach Program

Focusing on Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA) with Mr. Matt Lynn, Our VOICE, Inc., a non-profit crisis information and prevention agency. Mr. Lynn addresses some of the possible root causes and complexities of DFSA and explores an innovative approach to shifting attitudes and behaviors on a community-wide level. The approach specifically focuses on training local bar staff and managers regarding DFSA, date rape drugs, and local statistics, as well as plans and techniques designed to promote a safe environment while creating a culture of consent and being a proactive bystander.

Oct 2015: NO MORE Campaign

This webinar is presented by Ms. Jane Randel, Co-founder of the NO MORE Campaign. NO MORE, launched in 2013, is a unifying symbol and campaign to raise public awareness and engage bystanders around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. NO MORE uses its signature blue symbol to drive awareness and break down the barriers of stigma, silence and shame that keep people from talking about these issues and taking action to prevent them. Ms. Randel discusses the background, history, and future plans of the NO MORE campaign, introduce online tools and PSAs available for use, and provides examples of how the symbol is currently being used by partners in the field.

Sept. 2015: Army Special Victims' Counsel Program

MAJ Bill Kelley, Program Manager of the Army Special Victims' Counsel (SVC) Program, discusses the Army SVC Program and how it impacts SHARP. The SVC Program manages nearly 80 active duty JAG attorneys who represent eligible victims of sexual assault. The goal of the SVC Program is to provide zealous representation to victims, help navigate through military justice and administrative proceedings, as well as serve as a one-stop source for legal assistance. The goal of the SVC is to support victims to ensure recovery, resiliency, and counter retaliation.

Aug. 2015: Advance Culture Change - Building A World That Doesn't Exist

Sex offenders thrive in a rape-prone, rape myth-accepting culture. In this presentation, Mr. Russell Strand explores many societal myths and biases that enable the sex offender to operate successfully among us, without suspicion and detection. Culture is impacted by many factors including media. He explores what culture is, and the influences and impact on culture. This session also addresses Army values and how understanding and enforcing these values will assist us in shaping a culture in which sex offenders will not thrive.

July 2015: Sexual Assault Prevention - A Prosecutor's Perspective

Can sexual assault really be prevented? It can! By using actual case examples and courts-martial synopsis, a veteran military sex crimes prosecutor leads you through lessons learned on how these crimes can be prevented and eliminated from our ranks. Areas of emphasis include breaking down barriers to reporting, crime victim retaliation, dangers of the "local" personnel file and bystander intervention. The goal of this webinar is for advocates to be able to identify issues that affect crime victims during all stages of the military justice process.

June 2015: Workplace Retaliation - Insights from Research

In this webinar, Dr. Patricia Harned, CEO of the Ethics Resource Center (ERC), discusses key findings from "Retaliation: When Whistleblowers Become Victims" study. The presentation provides facts and statistics about retaliation both in public and private sectors, presents effective programs shown to decrease retaliation, and discusses the critical role leadership has on reporting and retaliation.

May 2015: The Role of Leadership in Preventing Sexual Assault in the U.S. Army

Sexual assault prevention cannot be delegated, it is something that leadership of all levels must take an active role in promoting. In this webinar, Dr. Alan Berkowitz reviews the role and importance of leadership in creating a command climate that can serve to prevent sexual assault. Research and best practices from military and civilian sectors are reviewed to provide leaders and those who support them with practical tools and understanding.

April 2015: Bystander Intervention as a Prevention Strategy in Historical Context

Dr. Jackson Katz provides historical context to the idea of bystander intervention and how the bystander approach is useful today in implementation of prevention strategies and programs in the Army and beyond. This webinar focuses on the history of the bystander intervention approach, philosophy and methods, applications in the military, continuum of sexual assault/relationship abuse, and the bystander approach as a leadership strategy.

March 2015: VHA Services for Military Sexual Trauma

SHARP PMs, SARCs, and Victim Advocates, play pivotal roles in the recovery process for Soldiers. Dr. Matthew King's presentation provides important information to assist in advising Soldiers about treatment options available to them in the VA, both while on active duty and after transitioning out of the military. Dr. King helps make direct connections to key staff in the VA to facilitate access to needed care.

Feb. 2015: Predatory Behavior of Sexual Predators and Cyberstalkers - Dispelling the Myths

Dr. Wendy Patrick discusses how to recognize sexual predators by exposing the psychological strategies and techniques that they use consistently and effectively to seduce their prey; and how to recognize predator grooming behavior before it is too late. Drawing from a broad spectrum of empirical research and experience with the accounts of sexual predators as well as their victims, common myths and misconceptions are dispelled. Strategies are presented to spot predators in the community, both on and offline, are suggested.

Jan. 2015: Community of Practice - How to Engage Male Military Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Ongoing news stories raise awareness about the sexual abuse of boys and men and offer a great opportunity to encourage men to begin addressing sexually traumatic experiences. But how do you reach male survivors in a military culture? How do you engage them, make them feel safe in stepping forward? This 90-minute Webinar is designed to help SHARP PMs, SARCs, VAs, and other Military leaders develop effective programs and awareness campaigns to approach the issue of sexual abuse with men and with those who care about them.

Oct. 2014: Outreach to Males Sexually Assaulted in the Service: Foundations, Basics, Next Steps

Why do men who've been sexually assaulted, so rarely report it? What kinds of words and messages have the opposite of their intended effects, actually triggering men's fears and driving them away? What can help male service members feel understood and respected - and safe to reach out for information and help? Dr. Jim Hopper shares essential knowledge from over 20 years as a researcher and therapist working with those men - as well as consultation to the military; creating the cutting-edge outreach philosophy; and web content for a national nonprofit organization serving men sexually abused as children.