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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 where someone is involved against his or her 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.

Both women and men can experience MST during their service. All Veterans seen at Veterans Health Administration facilities are asked about experiences of sexual trauma because we know that any type of trauma can affect a person’s physical and mental health, even many years later. We also know that people can recover from trauma. VA has free services to help Veterans do this.  You do not need to have a VA disability rating (be “service connected”) to receive these services and may be able to receive services even if you are not eligible for other VA care.  You do not need to have reported the incident(s) when they happened or have other documentation that they occurred.

 

Unfortunetly we hear stories like this below over and over again. Military Sexual Trauma has been rampant since the beginning of time and the first skermishes began with the cavemen!!! Caveman is an interesting term to use here as it is not just women that are dealing with Military Sexual Trauma. There are plenty of instances of women using their rank to assault men and the horror of same sex assault.                                                                                                                                                                  'I was just crying and begging him to stop': Female Marine describes horrific moment she was raped in bathroom by her comrade at Marine Corps Ball                                                                Marine intelligence officer Claire Russo was raped by fellow Marine at ball in 2004 after she said she was drugged.Said military did nothing to get her justice and declined to press charges       Found justice only after presenting case to D.A. and police                                                         Department of Defence said in there were approximately 19,000 sexual assaults in the military in 2010 alone

By BETH STEBNER

PUBLISHED: 16:13, 06 March 2012 UPDATED: 11:22, 26 September 2012

 

Rape and sex crimes on U.S. military bases have risen alarmingly in recent years, with many survivors afraid to come forward for fear of ruing their career or facing retaliation.

In an ineterviw with NBCメs Rock Center With Brian Williams, several servicemen and women, including former Marine Claire Russo, spoke out about their ordeals with trying to find justice within the military.

The 32-year-old former intelligence officer said that she was sexually assaulted in 2004 at a Marine Corps ball after a fellow Marine allegedly drugged her. Though she begged him to stop, she said he continued to sodomise her on the bathroom floor.


'I was just crying and begging him to stop': Female Marine describes horrific moment she was raped in bathroom by her comrade at Marine Corps Ball

Marine intelligence officer Claire Russo was raped by fellow Marine at ball in 2004 after she said she was drugged

Said military did nothing to get her justice and declined to press charges

Found justice only after presenting case to D.A. and police

Department of Defense said in there were approximately 19,000 sexual assaults in the military in 2010 alone.

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