Posted on Aug 14, 2015
TSgt Joshua Copeland
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Thinking about all of our SAPR/SHARP briefing we all have attended they usually focus on getting the woman's consent, if she is drinking she can't consent, etc, etc. as illustrated by this poster.

What are your thoughts on the commentary?
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In the name of equality charge them both!
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I hear that often that is what they do.
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To me this poster demonstrates concisely the inconsistencies between how SHARP issues are handled and the concept of gender equality so often preached about these days.

In this case I believe one of two things should happen: 1. Both individuals are charged. 2. Since neither was capable of legal consent, charges are dismissed and the event is chalked up as a series of bad decisions by both parties.

My preference would be the 2nd option. Placing the onus entirely on males to obtain and maintain consent is not equality, and removes all personal responsibility from the involved females. I would be interested to hear a female perspective on this. While I agree we need to actively work to address SHARP within our ranks, I find initiatives like this counterproductive.
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Excellent points CPT (Join to see)!
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Excellent points CPT (Join to see) Sir and I would agree with you completely.
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MAJ Multifunctional Logistician
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i think the whole "getting only a woman's consent" sort of hints at women being inferior, as if they are all damsels in distress - a woman, drunk, cant be held responsible for her decisions. Not an absolute, but hints at it.
The truth is, bad things can happen when you are drunk...and when its just you and one other person, and both of you are drunk...God help you if you have conflicting stories!
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MAJ (Join to see), good point, sir. If they are both drunk and get into an automobile wreck, it is not just the woman that can be hurt or killed. Personal responsibility is not a gender-based issue.
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