Military Sexual Trauma

“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


Resources for Military Personnel:

DoD 2014-2016 Sexual Assault Prevention Strategy

Joy House Sober Living Environment for Women: This sober living residence is designed for those women military veterans searching for transition from a recovery setting.

Military Rape Crisis Center: The Military Rape Crisis Center (MRCC) strives to unite agencies engaged in the elimination of sexual violence in the United States Armed Forces. MRCC provides case management, victim advocacy, support groups, education, research and training.

Grace After Fire: A site devoted to helping women veterans help themselves.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and provides numerous victim services for survivors.

Safe Helpline Sexual assault support for the DoD community.

My Duty to Speak "By writing about what we went through while wearing the uniform we broke the silence of abuse liberating ourselves while also might be helping someone else who is feeling the same way."

Service Women's Action Network Support services for wounded women warriors.

Important News Events:

Military (In)Justice: Focusing on the recent trial of Jeffrey Sinclair with a more global perspective on the US military.

Military Sexual Assault: The woman who exposed sexual assault in the US military sees little progress 20 years on.

Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement inquest: Bullying 'factor in suicide'

Protect Our Defenders: The latest headlines and reports of military sexual assault with the goal of ending the epidemic of military rape.

Aviation Commander Darchelle: One Woman's Story of Surviving Military Sexual Assault

Hagel: Military Has in Many Ways Failed on Sexual Assault

The Jeremy Staat Foundation: Advocates Against Veteran Suicide

West Point Sergeant Accused of Secretly Filming Naked Female Cadets

Sexual Assault Crisis in the Military?

Documents Reveal Chaotic Military Sex-Abuse Record