This brief is about the use of medical and mental health services by servicewomen after sexual assault that occurred while in the military. In policy and practice, servicewomen who have been sexually assaulted should seek medical and mental healthcare in a timely manner, even if they don't believe it is necessary, to prevent HIV infection and pregnancy; the DoD should continue its use of the DoJ's gold standard of care while ensuring that servicewomen feel that they can reach out for post-assault healthcare. Suggestions for future research include sampling more servicewomen who utilize care, expanding the geographic spread of the study, and studying whether use of services for sexual assault in the military leads to DoD programs or DoD programs lead to use of services.
Mengeling, M. A., Booth, B. M., Torner, J. C., & Sadler, A. G. (2015). Post-sexual assault health care utilization among OEF/OIF servicewomen. Medical Care, 53(4 Suppl 1), S136–S142. https://doi.org/10.1097/MLR.0000000000000267
Gender and Sexuality | Medicine and Health Sciences | Military and Veterans Studies | Psychology | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Mental health, Sexual assault, Health services, Health services utilization, Veterans, Women veterans
Mental health; Rape; Medical care; Women's health services; Utilization; Mental health services; Utilization; Women veterans
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Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Post-Sexual Assault Health Care Utilization Among OEF/OIF Servicewomen"" (2015). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 295.
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