Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

The phrase "Military Sexual Trauma" is the official term for the psychological trauma that may result from military rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.

Sexual Assault Support from the Department of Defense Community

SAFE HELPLINE - live one-on-one help, confidential, worldwide 24/7 - or call (877) 995-5247 or text your location to 55-247.

MILITARY RAPE CRISIS CENTER offers free and confidential support groups.  To find a group near you, visit our Military Rape Crisis Center at

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SEXUAL ASSAULT - Prevention & Response - (703) 969-9422 -

WISCONSIN VET CENTERS - There are many treatments to choose from.  Veterans and Active Duty members with Military Sexual Trauma can receive free and confidential counseling at any of the Vet Centers operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs.

VA MEDICAL CENTER AND COMMUNITY-BASED OUTREACH CLINICS - These have many in-patient and residential programs available.



  • There were 3,158 military sexual assaults were reported in fiscal year 2010.  The Department of Defense (DOD) estimates that only 13.5% of victims report teh assault and estimate that in 2010 alone, over 19,000 sexual assaults occrred in the military.
  • In 2010, less than 21% of reported cases went to trial.
  • The DOD does not maintain a military sex offender registry that can alert unit commanders, communities, and civilian law enforcement to the presence and movement of military sexual predators.
  • Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment are the primary causal factors in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for women, whereas combat experience is the strongest predictor of PTSD for men.
  • 20% of homeless women veterans have reported experiences of sexual assault.