Military sexual trauma (MST)• The term that refers to sexual assault orrepeated, threatening sexual harassmentthat occurred while a Veteran was in themilitary.• It includes any sexual activity wheresomeone is involved against his or herwill – he or she may have been pressuredinto sexual activities
MST examples• Threats of negative consequences for refusing to besexually cooperative or with implied faster promotions orbetter treatment in exchange for sex• May have been unable to consent to sexual activities (forexample, when intoxicated)• May have been physically forced into sexual activities• Other experiences that fall into the category of MST• Unwanted sexual touching or grabbing• Threatening, offensive remarks about a person’s body orsexual activities• Threatening or unwelcome sexual advances.
Both women and men can experience MSTduring their service. VA has free services tohelp Veterans recover from trauma.To learn more aboutmilitary sexual trauma andtreatment for it please go tohttp://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/msthome.asp
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