Unfortunately, sexual assault and abuse frequently occur in the military. It is believed that as many as 1 in 3 women have suffered from military sexual trauma (MST). Many times, little to nothing is done about it even when it is reported to the appropriate authorities.
If you have experienced military sexual trauma, you need to speak with an attorney. An attorney can help you hold the right people accountable and work to get you the compensation you deserve. Many people are afraid to come forward with allegations of sexual abuse or assault out of fear of retaliation. At the Veterans Benefits Law Group, we will handle all aspects of your case, including helping you report the abuse to the appropriate authorities.
If you would like to earn VA benefits related to your military sexual trauma, contact our office at (601) 414-3707.
What Is Military Sexual Trauma (MST)?
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs defines military sexual trauma as any sexual assault or sexual harassment that occurs during a person’s military service. Military sexual trauma (MST) is not unique to women. It occurs to individuals of all genders and sexual orientation.
If your military sexual trauma caused a health condition or made it worse, you might be entitled to disability compensation through the VA. Eligibly health conditions may include physical or mental illnesses or injuries related to the sexual assault.
What Are the Effects of Sexual Assault?
The effects of sexual assault and trauma are frequently long-term. Many sexual assault survivors live with the pain and heartache for years and few are ever fully healed from the disorder.
Effects of sexual assault include the development of:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Using drugs and alcohol
- Sleep deprivation
- Feelings of numbness
- Difficulty with attention or concentration
- Problems with alcohol and drugs
The VA provides services and treatment for individuals who have experienced MST. Untreated MST can become substantially worse. It is essential to obtain treatment immediately after you experience the sexual harassment or assault.
What Are Common Types of Military Sexual Trauma?
Military sexual trauma is not limited to sexual assault. It can include a wide range of actions or comments that cause you to feel uncomfortable and are threatening.
Types of military sexual trauma detailed by the VA:
- Being pressured into sex or sexual acts
- Nonconsensual sexual contact or activities
- Physically forcing sexual contact
- Non Consensual touching
- Threatening comments
- Unwanted sexual advances
Military sexual trauma is widespread. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, indicates that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 50 men report having been the victim of MST. Even more concerning is the fact that military sexual trauma is widely underreported.
Who Is Eligible to Receive Compensation for Military Sexual Trauma?
In order to receive compensation through the VA for military sexual trauma, you will need to file your claim. The VA also provides a number of free treatments for physical and mental health conditions related to your military sexual trauma. To understand your rights, however, you need to speak with an attorney.
How to Support Your MST Claim
To support your MST claim for disability compensation you will need to provide several documents about your service and any pre-existing conditions that come and leave.
Evidence that may strengthen your case:
- Service treatment records (STR)
- Military personnel records (MPR)
- A copy of the reporting form
While evidence that you suffered and reported the sexual assault may be helpful, they are not definitive. A lack of evidence or supporting materials should not deter you from filing a complaint. People must be held accountable for their actions.
You Are Not Alone
It is critical to remember that you are not alone. If you were sexually harassed or assaulted while serving this country you deserve compensation and accountability. The legal team at the Veterans Benefits Law Group can help. We will fight for you to receive the benefits and compensation you need to fully recover.
We know that no amount of money will ever fully compensate you for the traumatic event, but we can help. Compensation can be used for medical treatment, lost wages, and more. We always stay vigilant and never stop working until justice has persevered.
Did You Suffer Military Sexual Trauma?
If you suffered sexual abuse or assault while serving this country, you may be entitled to compensation. Military sexual trauma is heart-wrenching and many people choose not to come forward for fear of retaliation. Our firm is here to help. We are committed to helping victims of sexual assault come forward and obtain compensation through the VA.
Contact our office at (601) 414-3707 to schedule a free case evaluation. Cases are accepted on a contingency fee basis meaning you pay nothing unless we win. Get the personal attention you need and deserve. Our legal team proudly represents clients throughout Jackson, MS. Call now to get started.