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