U.S. Army SHARP

audio and video PSA scripts

The U.S. Army has had significant issues with sexual harassment and assault for both men and women.

I applaud them for acknowledging this painful issue and seeking ways to address it and ensure the safety and well-being of our armed forces.

I was honored to be hired as the scriptwriter for this highly sensitive and important project – a series of 40 audio and video PSAs about sexual harassment and assault.

My mother was a clinical psychologist who started one of the first sex therapy clinics in the country and wrote a book on sexual dysfunction that was a university text. Later she specialized in child sex abuse cases and helped change laws in San Diego County for better protection for victims.

So I grew up with an unusually broad perspective on both sex and abuse, which I think has given me the ability to gracefully handle topics that some writers would find too controversial, uncomfortable, or overwhelming.

Aside from having already worked on several Army projects (including four interactive scripts for the Museum of the U.S. Army) I felt uniquely qualified to go deep into this dark material, knowing it was for a greater good.

The project kicked off with a five-hour meeting in Washington D.C. and working with Shot Glass Films director Eric Jackson to come up with three different approaches for each piece.  As you can imagine, getting every detail of these scripts and then the videos approved by several layers including the Army’s legal department was no simple task! Congratulations to Shot Glass for doing an outstanding job every step of the way.

Above is one of the finished pieces and you can see more here.