“Military sexual trauma (MST) is the term that the Department of Veterans Affairs uses to refer to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the Veteran was in the military. It includes any sexual activity in which one is involved against one’s will – he or she may have been pressured into sexual activities (for example, with threats of negative consequences for refusing to be sexually cooperative or with implied faster promotions or better treatment in exchange for sex), may have been unable to consent to sexual activities (for example, when intoxicated), or may have been physically forced into sexual activities. Other experiences that fall into the category of MST include unwanted sexual touching or grabbing; threatening, offensive remarks about a person’s body or sexual activities; and/or threatening or unwelcome sexual advances.”
Sexual Violence Remains Pervasive
Ø 20,300 members (10,600 men and 9,600 women) were sexually assaulted in 2014, a rate unchanged from 2010.
Ø Most victims were sexually assaulted more than once, resulting in over 47,000 assaults in 2014 alone.
Ø 1 in 7 victims were assaulted by someone in their chain of command.
Statistics from the 2015 DoD SAPR Annual Report and the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study