Military Sexual Trauma

The expression military sexual trauma (MST) is used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to refer to a trauma following rape, sexual assault, or sexual harassment that occurred while a veteran was in the military, during either wartime or peacetime. Since the 1990s, the increasing awareness of MST has resulted in the implementation of a support policy for victims and a better knowledge of MST prevalence and MST-related health problems.

Department of Veterans Affairs and Military Sexual Trauma

In the 1990s, a series of cases (such the 1991 Tailhook scandal and the 1996 Aberdeen scandal) raised media attention and public concern about sexual violence within the U.S. military. In response to evidences of a large-scale phenomenon, the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992 authorized the ...

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