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Military Sexual Trauma

Properly Addressing Sexual Assault in the Military

Rep. Niki Tsongas | Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics
Rep. Niki Tsongas

Retaliatory gestures and intimidation techniques have for years had a chilling effect on the willingness of victims of sexual assault in the military to come forward.

Male Rape in the Military: Michael's Story

Nancy Parrish | Posted 07.29.2012 | Crime
Nancy Parrish

The culture of tolerance for sexual assault and rape is pervasive in the military, and has been for decades. The military has become, essentially, a safe haven for serial rapists.

Suing the Department of Defense for Dereliction of Its Duty

Nancy Parrish | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Nancy Parrish

We would like to believe that this most recent in a series of pledges of "zero tolerance" will make a difference. However, we would only know the Pentagon is serious and effective when the careers of those senior commanders who fail to provide positive leadership and take effective action are ended.

The Pentagon Is Camouflaging the Truth About Rape in the Military

Nancy Parrish | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Nancy Parrish

America's troops deserve better than spin and half-hearted actions that fail to address core problems. They deserve real action. That means no longer hiding behind manipulated statistics and fundamentally reforming the way the military handles sexual assault and rape.

Demanding Accessibility To Documents Regarding Military Sexual Violence

Rachel Natelson | Posted 05.01.2012 | Impact
Rachel Natelson

In the government's view, the public needn't concern itself with the ugly details of the epidemic of sexual violence in the military.

Military Sexual Abuse Can't Be Ignored

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 04.01.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

What women veterans need is fundamental respect, recognition, and understanding of the unique stressors of their service experience. They need humane, integrative treatment, and some programming solely with and for their fellow women veterans.

Cassaundra StJohn: Helping Female Vets to Move Forward

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.14.2012 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

Realizing that they were many resources for men who had served -- but not for women -- StJohn had an epiphany. She asked herself, "Why aren't I doing this?" That was the beginning of F7 Group.

Our Brave Women

Sen. Claire McCaskill | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Sen. Claire McCaskill

Last year the Department of Defense recorded over 3,000 reports of sexual assault across the U.S. Armed Forces. And while this issue affects both male and female servicemembers, it is women who face elevated risks.

There's No Quick Fix For Veterans

Maggie Martin | Posted 06.13.2011 | Impact
Maggie Martin

It is far easier to say our troops are heroes than it is to have an honest dialog about what service means and what commitment we as a nation have to those who fight in our name.

Andrea Stone

Bill Offers Expanded Legal Protections To Victims Of Military Sexual Assault | Andrea Stone | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers will introduce a bipartisan bill Wednesday that for the first time would provide expanded legal rights and protections for ser...

It Is Time to Heal America's Civilian-Military Divide

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

A recent survey shows 90% of military families believe that civilian communities do not understand their needs nor support the values and dignity that come with a military career. Short of returning to a draft, what is to be done?

Believing Anita... and our Servicewomen

Rachel Natelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Natelson

Like many civil rights advocates, I have been sorely tempted to celebrate the death--once lingering but now tantalizingly imminent--of the military's ...

The Long Shelf of War

Brigid Brett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Brigid Brett

My collection of war books is growing. They spread out on the long shelf behind my dining room table, sandwiched between Alice in Wonderland and the poetry of Robert Frost.

Separate, Unequal, and Unrecognized

Rachel Natelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rachel Natelson

Following the release of regulations designed to simplify the process by which veterans with PTSD can access benefits, advocates have clamored to declare victory in a battle against a system notorious for resisting change.

Responding to Military Sexual Trauma - Still A Long Way to Go

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

May 30th is Military Sexual Trauma Awareness Day. The issue is starting to get more traction in terms of visibility, Congressional hearings, and ackn...

Jesus Did Not Say 'Forgive and Forget'

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Anne Dilenschneider

According to the VA, at least 30% of American servicewomen (and many men) have diagnosed cases of Military Sexual Trauma, a form of PTSD. The perpetrators are usually servicemen and commanders.

Military Sexual Trauma - Seeking Justice

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

While embedded with Marines during the invasion of Iraq, journalist Mercedes Gallego was cautioned that it was not safe to be alone. The reason, the servicewomen explained, was fear of being raped.

Athena Crossing the Potomac

Rachel Natelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Natelson

Many figures have decried the inequity of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," the president and Congress to repeal the law. However, one community has remained resolutely silent: national veterans service organizations.

Memorial Day 2009 - A Look at Women in the Military

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

Hopefully, in between the barbecues and the parades, our citizens will reflect on both the physical and emotional challenges that our service women have -- and continue -- to face.