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Military Sexual Trauma

Military Sexual Trauma (MST) refers to both sexual harassment and sexual assault that occurs in the military. Both men and women can experience MST.  The perpetrator can be of the same or of the opposite gender.  A general definition of sexual harassment is unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that occurs in the workplace or an academic or training setting.

Sexual harassment includes gender harassment (e.g., put you down because of your gender), unwanted sexual attention (e.g., made offensive remarks about your sexual activities or your body) and sexual coercion (e.g., implied special treatment if you were sexually cooperative).

MST can be a stressor for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Additional Information

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides free MST counseling and referral, including appropriate care and services, to overcome psychological trauma resulting from MST.

Contact the VA Crisis Line: 1.800.273.8255, press 1

For more information, visit their website at: 

Additional Assistance:

If you would like to learn more about the benefits and services you may be eligible for as a Veteran, servicemember, or as a family member of a Veteran or servicemember, please call the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs Help Line at 1.888.838.7697 (VETSNYS), where you may also schedule an appointment with one of our Veterans Benefits Advisors.

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