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Military Sexual Abuse

Sexual violence within the military has largely been ignored by both the military and the public until the last 10 to 15 years. Increasingly, researchers as well as the Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) have examined the issue of military sexual abuse (MSA). MSA can be defined broadly as sexual harassment that is threatening or a physical assault of a sexual nature that occurred during military service. Studies have found that between 7% and 13% of female and between 1% and 2% of male service members report experiencing a sexual assault. Among veterans receiving care in the VHA, 21.5% of women and 1% of men report experiencing sexual harassment or assault. The study ...

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