VA defines military sexual trauma (MST) as “psychological trauma resulting from a physical assault of a sexual nature, a battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while the Veteran was serving on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training” and it defines sexual harassment as “repeated, unsolicited verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature which is threatening in character.”
These incidents are often not reported or go unreported for many years; therefore, evidence establishing the event may be limited. However, it is possible to win these claims even if the incident was not reported. There is no time limit for a Veteran to file a claim for a condition associated with MST, even years or decades later.
VA has several free resources available for victims of MST, including free healthcare services. Documentation of an MST event is not required to use these resources. More information can be found here.
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