Help for Military Sexual Trauma


Military sexual trauma (MST) is any sexual activity that happens against your will during your time in service, including rape, sexual assault and verbal and physical sexual harassment. Being sexually assaulted in the military is particularly devastating because so many of the rapes aren’t reported, and attackers often go unpunished.

This betrayal by the people you considered family can be crippling. You may be scared, angry, ashamed, isolated, defeated, numb or jumpy.

At the center, no one fights the battle against MST alone. We can help you heal after the attack.

Frequently Asked Questions About Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

Military sexual trauma (MST) is not a condition or a diagnosis. Rather, it is any violent or intimidating sexual assault that happens against your will during your time in service. The attack and the aftermath often leave you feeling scared, helpless and alone.

If you’ve been sexually assaulted in the military, you have likely suffered silently. At the center, you can begin to rebuild and move on.

No two experiences are the same, and no two people will react the same way to a sexual assault. You may need help if you’re facing the following:

  • Being unable to enjoy intimacy
  • Being unable to feel happiness or love
  • Drinking excessively or using drugs
  • Feeling disconnected from loved ones
  • Feeling like hurting yourself
  • Feeling numb
  • Feeling on edge or unsafe
  • Getting angry and irritable easily
  • Getting involved in abusive relationships
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Having trouble sleeping and nightmares
  • Struggling to remember things
  • Suffering with physical health problems, including chronic pain, sexual issues and stomach and bowel problems

Sexual assault affects all aspects of your life — and the lives of your loved ones.

  • You may be struggling with relationships, avoiding intimacy and starting fights.
  • You may feel numb and depressed, causing you to isolate yourself and have difficulty holding down a job.

Treatments for coping with MST can help you regain your sense of self and control over your life. Treatment for MST often focuses on learning how to cope with your memories, control difficult emotions and address the feelings of anger, betrayal and insecurity. 

Attempting to bury what happened to you can lead to a host of problems that will continue to worsen. If you’ve experienced a sexual assault and don’t seek help, you are at risk for developing issues with the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

We know it’s hard to open up. It’s hard to trust. Our team at the center is committed to creating a safe, secure and supportive place to heal. We will be with you every step of the way.

Come into the center for a visit to learn more about MST and how our team can help you.

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“I may not have been able to fight back then, but I can now.”

I just couldn’t cope with what was going on, and I kept pushing the emotions and memories down. I kept hoping for a fatal disease or bad accident; I wanted to die. I still have hyper-vigilance issues and trouble sleeping. The team is full of great, caring people. I wish there had been a program like this for me when I needed it most.

Kati, Air Force veteran