This study examines the population prevalence of military sexual trauma among OEF/OIF-era veterans. It found that almost 41% of women and 4% of men reported a military sexual trauma, indicating a high prevalence of OEF/OIF-era veterans who have experienced an MST. In practice, servicemembers and veterans who have experienced a military sexual trauma (MST) should seek medical help, such as counseling. In policy, the Department of Defense (DoD) might continue its efforts to reduce negative repercussions often associated with reporting sexual assault or sexual harassment. Suggestions for future research include having more data on the prevalence of MST in the general population and its effects on public health, as well as the health impacts of MST in the context of extended or multiple deployments, adverse deployment conditions, and the interactive effects of combat trauma with sexual trauma.
Barth, S. K., Kimerling, R. E., Pavao, J., McCutcheon, S. J., Batten, S. V., Dursa, E., Peterson, M. R., & Schneiderman, A. I. (2016). Military sexual trauma among recent veterans: Correlates of sexual assault and sexual harassment. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 50(1), 77–86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2015.06.012
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Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Military Sexual Trauma among Recent Veterans: Correlates of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment"" (2016). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 336.
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