Military Sexual Trauma: Shamed into Silence

Olivia N. Johnson


According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (2011), 1 in 5 female veterans and 1 in 100 male veterans reported that they were victims of military sexual assault (MST). Since males account for a large majority of all military populations, the numbers of MST victims (reported by veterans to the Department of Veterans Affairs) is relatively the same for male and female veterans. Many victims of MST do not report such abuse. The lack of reporting is in part, due to shame and fear and the fact that few perpetrators are punished or prosecuted. 


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