85K Vets Treated for Sex Abuse in 2012
PTSD, depression among common long-term effects
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 20, 2013 7:03 AM CDT
In this July 18, 2012 file photo, Ruth Moore, who was raped twice while serving in the Navy, testifies before the Veterans Affairs subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

(Newser) – An AP report reveals the stunning scope of the sexual assault crisis rocking the military: Last year, more than 85,000 veterans received treatment for sex abuse, while 4,000 applied for disability benefits; 40% of those treated were men. The cases run as far back as the Vietnam War, with the most common long-term effects being post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, the AP notes based on Department of Veterans Affairs data. The VA says one in five women and one in 100 men screen positive for "military sexual trauma," defined by the VA as "any sexual activity where you are involved against your will," ranging from sexual harassment to rape.

When it comes to getting treatment, "a veteran can simply walk through the door, say they've had this experience, and we will get them hooked up with care. There's no documentation required," says a member of the military sexual trauma team. But those seeking disability compensation face hurdles: Vets must be diagnosed with PTSD or a similar problem, submit proof of the assault or harassment, and have a VA examiner confirm a link to their health condition. "Ninety percent of 26,000 cases last year weren't even reported," says an activist. "So where is that evidence supposed to come from?" Records show about half of vets seeking such compensation last year had their claim approved.

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Plato
May 20, 2013 10:35 AM CDT
I figured back when in response to "diversity" our military was required by our politico government to place young men and young women side by side in military service that it was a mistake, and was going to be big trouble.
Imhotep
May 20, 2013 7:46 AM CDT
Holy Crap you mean you can get life long benefit payments. And how many of those are bogus ? Women in the military along side men. So here's the result. And 40% were men ? You mean they were abused by other women or other men ? Are the 40% gay ? Or is it 50/50. 50% were Gay and abused and 50% were heteral and abused by Gays in charge ? Boy, what a screwed up country we have evolved into. They analized the basics of society right into to ground. Look we can make men women and women men and everything in between. What a bunch of dopes we have in charge. Don't worry it will iron itself out. Just a few teathing problems.