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Your story is yours.
If you choose to help us with our project, you'll be able to tell us how much you want to be shared when we put together our project portfolio to present to lawmakers. Sexual assault in the military is still a serious problem. Aside from it being a criminal offense that can cause the victim life-long trauma, sexual assault cases in the military are often handled in-house, which can have disastrous results, such as:
assaults going unreported for fear of retaliation
cases being handled by biased leadership instead of law enforcement
the assailant and the victim being housed in the same barracks, creating a toxic living and working environment
allowing perpetrators to continue on with their duties, only receiving non-judicial punishment or a letter of reprimand that does not translate to the civilian world after their service is completed
We want to end this.
Our proposal will include solutions to be introduced as legislation at state levels, and it will request agencies look at potential cooperation measures between civilian and military law enforcement when a service member is involved in an on-base crime that has the potential to affect the neighboring civilian community, such as domestic abuse, rape, and sexual assault.
Information and resources for MST
Criteria for disability benefits for veterans with PTSD due to MST.
Explanation of MST & where you can get help.
Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
RCS Vet Center (Call Center)
Service Women's Action Network
Helping survivors of sexual assault
If you're a veteran in need of help, please visit the websites linked in the resources section. You are not alone, and there are a variety of programs available to get you the help you need.
There are Vet Centers (affiliated with the VA, but not part of the VA medical system) with counseling teams who can help you with various therapies that meet your needs, as well as assistance with other areas of life as you transition from soldier to civilian.
SHARE YOUR STORY WITH US
We want to hear your story.
In the survey we created, we ask demographic information, questions about your service, etc. When it comes to telling your story, you can tell us as much or as little as you're comfortable with. We know how hard it is telling your story again and again, whether it's to a therapist or writing a statement for a VA claim. Our number one concern is your mental health, and if all you want to provide is your basic information, that's fine. If you want to stay anonymous or be given a pseudonym, that's fine too. We want to give you the opportunity to use your story to help make it harder for assailants to get away with a slap on the wrist and make the process of reporting an assault safer and more effective.
Take control of your narrative.