Military Sexual Trauma - Overview
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a sexual
assault is common. PTSD is more likely to occur after rape than
after any other traumatic event in both men and women.2
What can I do?
After a sexual assault, many
veterans keep quiet. They worry what others will think of them, and that
talking about the assault will hurt their military careers. But the VA can
The VA has qualified MST counselors at every hospital. Many
Vet Centers also have an MST coordinator. This person can discuss treatment
with you and help you find the services that best fit your needs. Many VA and
Vet Centers offer services specific to men and women.
often is used to treat MST. Your doctor also may prescribe medicines that help
with symptoms. Treatment can help you cope with trauma and regain confidence
For more information, see the topic
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.