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Military Sexual Trauma

The Military's Report Card

Sen. Claire McCaskill | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Sen. Claire McCaskill

One year ago, a sexual assault survivor in the U.S. military faced a daunting landscape. The president gave military leaders one year to implement the defense bill and show significant progress. And so this week, those military leaders will give their report to the president.

'Blame-The-Victim' Culture May Discourage Female Vets From Seeking Help For Trauma

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.12.2014 | Women

The increased public attention to the chronic underreporting of sexual assault in the U.S. military is shedding light on what might deter vulnerable ...

Reports Of Sexual Assaults In The Military Up 50 Percent

AP | By LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reports by members of the military of sexual assaults jumped by an unprecedented 50 percent last year, in what Defense Secretary C...

Women's History Month: Honoring Our Nation's Women Veterans

Gregory C. Scott | Posted 05.18.2014 | Impact
Gregory C. Scott

The United Nations has declared this year's theme, "Equality For Women is Progress For All." When we pause and think about the progress women have made in the military, they oftentimes still fall behind their male counterparts.

Marginalization of Military Women, Minorities, and War Stress Casualties -- Part I

Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP

Unmistakable progress has been made over the decades to correct social injustice perpetrated on marginalized Americans, including our gay and lesbian citizens. However, the plight of the mentally ill, stigma, and disparity have flourished in the 21st century.

Sexual Assaults in the Military -- The Policy Matters

Sen. Claire McCaskill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sen. Claire McCaskill

A lot has to happen between now and then -- but when President Obama signs this year's annual defense bill, I'm confident that it will be a watershed moment for justice in America's Armed Forces. We're on the cusp of legislative reforms that are nothing short of historic.

The Forgotten 14% -- Our Female Vets

Martha Burk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

Men constitute 86 percent of active duty forces, and make up 90 percent of the homeless veteran population. For women, the numbers are 14 percent and 10 percent respectively. But the reasons are different.

Winning the Language War, Defeating 'Military Sexual Trauma'

Joshua Kors | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Joshua Kors

The end of "Military Sexual Trauma" and "MST" can happen virtually overnight, provided that each of us commits to keeping those euphemisms out of our mouths and off our computer screens.

The 'Good Order and Discipline' Auto-Block in Making Military Policy

Alexander Nicholson | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Alexander Nicholson

The insufficiency of this catch phrase as justification for opposing policy changes on issues of critical importance to our nation sound eerily familiar to those of us involved in previous efforts to change military policies.

Bold Reform Needed to Fix Military's Sexual Assault Problem

Derek Bennett | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Derek Bennett

We believe there must be a complete break with the status quo -- not simply changes around the edges -- to strengthen how the military responds to and handles instances of sexual assault.

Mad Men Mores Run Rampant at Military Sexual Trauma Hearing

Christine Pelosi | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Rather than give lip service to victims and continued power to victimizers, the leaders must remove commanders from convening rape prosecutions.

Ending Violence Against Women Requires a Bigger Role From Men

Ann U. Wright | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Ann U. Wright

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgTo counter sexist attitudes, we must move away from advocacy against sexual assault as a specifically female cause. We must foster male attitudes that recognize and reject violence towards women.

Memorial Day 2013: Honor the Fallen by Lifting Up Veterans

Christine Pelosi | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

The physical and emotional toll of these deployments is a cost of war we Americans have only begun to pay, yet all too often a war-weary public tends to look the other way. But this Memorial Day we cannot look away.

Pulling Rank: Women Lead the Charge Against Military Sexual Assault

Barbara Lee | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Barbara Lee

While women's numbers in the military -- and in elected office -- may be dwarfed by their male counterparts, women in Congress are giving new meaning to the phrase "pulling rank."

The Invisible War: Tackling the Tough Topic of Sexual Assault in the Military

Jennifer D. Stephens | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
Jennifer D. Stephens

This weekend my Battalion tossed the Army-provided training out the window and instead chose to play the documentary The Invisible War. What played out that Sunday morning was the single most amazing experience I have had in my 10+ year military career.

Shameful: Washington Times Column Blames Female Service Members for Assault, Calls Them Liars

Miranda Petersen | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
Miranda Petersen

Rowan Scarborough's article published Sunday in the Washington Times is a perfect illustration of a culture of misogyny and victim blaming, which has perpetuated the ongoing epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the United States Military.

Saluting Women Veterans on Mother's Day

Gregory C. Scott | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
Gregory C. Scott

As we all remember our mothers this Mother's Day, don't forget about the women that suffer everyday in silence from the trauma of serving in our military, but yet are "Mommy's too." On this Mother's Day, we SALUTE our mothers who are also veterans, as well as our military wives.

Sexual Assaults and Nuclear Missiles: What's the Matter With the Military?

Robert Reich | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Further steps will be taken to prevent one of our missiles from accidentally causing a nuclear holocaust. But I hope the Air Force does a better job remedying this problem than it's done preventing sexual assaults.

Time to Listen to Veterans Tell Their Truths

Leila Levinson | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Leila Levinson

We are 12 adults preparing for a play. We are veterans and family members of veterans. The audience will be civilians. Just as children learn through play, so is our play teaching us, transforming us.

David Wood

Veterans Get $63 Billion Boost In Obama's 2014 Budget Proposal

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite growing pressure for budget cuts, the Obama administration next week will propose spending $63.5 billion for veterans services i...

Justice for Veterans Sexually Assaulted in the Military

Cynthia Dill | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

We must develop a strategy to redress the wrongs that have been done to these soldiers, sailors and marines. Our nation -- and these male and female survivors of sexual violence -- cannot afford piecemeal, expensive, time-consuming litigation.

Our Homeless Female Veterans: All Too Often, a 'Double Betrayal of Trust'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

In his foreword to the "2011 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress," released in November 2012, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun ...

National Review Columnist Suggests Raped Veterans Should Blame Themselves

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

A columnist for conservative site the National Review Online has written a piece suggesting female soldiers who have been raped struggle after they le...

Women's History Month Call to Service: Free Our Sisters From Sexual Slavery

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

As we celebrate Women's History Month and lift up the sheroes of liberation, we must free our sisters from sexual slavery. Human sex trafficking is a danger to our communities and a scourge on our souls; it must be stopped.

Why Seth MacFarlane Went Too Far

Dawn V. Woollen | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
Dawn V. Woollen

Why did anyone think that on a night that is supposed to honor the best of Hollywood, a town that has broken so many barriers and moved us forward in so many ways, banal sexist, racist and anti-Semitic jokes would be funny and appropriate?