What is Military Sexual Trauma and How Do I Get Treatment?

By Jessica M. Friedman of Friedman Law Firm, P.C.

The term Military Sexual Trauma (MST) encompasses many experiences, not only rape. MST includes sexual harassment, pressure for sexual activities in return for promotion, and unwanted sexual advances. It does not matter if you were on or off duty or whether you were on the base when it happened. The identity of the harasser does not matter, nor does it matter whether you were on active duty at the time of the incident. What matters is that you experienced an event which was against your will.

To receive free treatment for MST, you do not need to be service connected for a resulting medical condition or be have proof of the incident. Just contact the MST Coordinator at your local VA and/or your local Vet Center and ask for help.

If you have a condition resulting from MST (depression, anxiety, PTSD, among others) and would like help filing a VA claim, please give us a call at 205-879-3033 or email us at Lifehealth@FriedmanFirmPC.com