Human Rights Watch recently issued a report on the survivors of military sexual trauma (MST) and their treatment after reporting the assault. Although recent reforms have improved the way that the military responds to victims of sexual assault, many of those who were assaulted were forced out of the military in retaliation for reporting. Sometimes, survivors who have post traumatic stress disorder, and who respond to their assault with decreased performance and/or alcohol or drug use, will be given a bad conduct discharge. Others are forcibly discharged with a general discharge under honorable conditions, along with a diagnosis of a personality disorder or other mental health problem that they do not have.
If you’re one of those veterans who have experienced MST, there are a few things you can do:
If you need assistance with your claim for service connection, or you are interested in an increased evaluation for or other related trauma and stressor disorders, please contact our office for a free consultation.
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