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  • WOMEN IN COMBAT
  • MILITARY WOMEN’S HEALTH
  • MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA
Winning Issue » MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA


Active-Duty female personnel make up 14% of our current armed forces - or about 200,000 of our 1.3 million servicemembers. Even before the ban prohibiting women from participating in combat was lifted in 2015, many female troops were experienced in combat. Unfortunately, many of these Americans have also experienced the ugly specter of military sexual trauma (MST) committed by fellow servicemembers. It is estimated nearly one of every three female military personnel has been sexually assaulted, compared with an average of one of every six female civilians. There were 7,825 military sexual assaults reported to the Department of Defense by servicemembers in 2019, a 3% increase from 2018. However, the vast majority of MSTs are not reported and our Pentagon estimated there were actually at least 20,000 sexual assaults, or an average of 55 each day in 2018. Most victims of MST are female junior enlists under the age of 25 who were harassed by someone in their chain of command.

Advocates claim many homeless female veterans suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder as a result of experiencing combat and having been sexually harassed or assaulted during their time in the service. Approximately one out of five women who visits VA facilities tells their health care provider they experienced sexual trauma while in the military. Advocates say these crimes undermine the morale and cohesion of our military units. They also say many convicted offenders go unpunished because superiors often overturn their convictions. One study found the DoD vastly underreports the number of sexual assaults committed by servicemembers against civilians, including many assaults against civilian spouses of military personnel. It concluded that about half of all military sexual assaults are now being committed against civilians. However, these statistics are not counted in the DOD’s sexual assault prevalence reports.

In an important recent development, our nation’s top general says he is dropping his opposition to a proposal to take decisions on sexual assault prosecution out of the hands of commanders.

Pending Legislation: H.R.2724 - VA Peer Support Enhancement for MST Survivors Act
Sponsor: Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY)
Status: House Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (Veterans' Affairs)
Chair: Rep. Elaine Luria (VA)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current military sexual trauma policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support allowing survivors of military sexual trauma (MST) to seek private specialized care services in the community rather than the VA by:

    1.) Approving a veteran’s counseling, care and services in the community in order to recover from MST if community care is the veteran’s choice.

    2.) Requiring the VA to inform veterans seeking non-department MST treatment of the counseling, care and services that are available to veterans within the VA.

    3.) Removing “psychological trauma” references in statue and replace the language with broader authorities when describing the scope of services offered to veterans seeking MST care.

    4.) Removing the requirement that a VA mental health professional must determine whether a VA patient’s condition qualifies for private care, and instead permit the veteran’s treating provider, either medical or mental health, to make that determination.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Elaine Luria (VA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support allowing survivors of military sexual trauma (MST) to seek private specialized care services in the community rather than the VA by:

    1.) Approving a veteran’s counseling, care and services in the community in order to recover from MST if community care is the veteran’s choice.

    2.) Requiring the VA to inform veterans seeking non-department MST treatment of the counseling, care and services that are available to veterans within the VA.

    3.) Removing “psychological trauma” references in statue and replace the language with broader authorities when describing the scope of services offered to veterans seeking MST care.

    4.) Removing the requirement that a VA mental health professional must determine whether a VA patient’s condition qualifies for private care, and instead permit the veteran’s treating provider, either medical or mental health, to make that determination.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Elaine Luria (VA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Elaine Luria (VA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting her to favorably consider passing H.R.2724 - VA Peer Support Enhancement for MST Survivors Act.

If elected as a trustee, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for victims of military sexual trauma.

Mission: RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
November 22, 2021
Trustee Election - Closing Date
November 29, 2021