Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

Military sexual trauma (MST) refers to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the veteran was in the military. It includes any sexual activity where someone is involved against his or her will – he or she may have been pressured into sexual activities (for example, with threats of negative consequences for refusing to be sexually cooperative or with implied faster promotions or better treatment in exchange for sex), may have been unable to consent to sexual activities (for example, when intoxicated), or may have been physically forced into sexual activities.  Other experiences that fall into the category of MST include unwanted sexual touching or grabbing; threatening, offensive remarks about a person’s body or sexual activities; and/or threatening or unwelcome sexual advances. Many veterans who have experienced MST continue to have problems with haunting memories, anxiety, and even depression.  Emory’s Veterans Program can help with these continued problems related to MST (Adapted from the Department of Veterans Affairs website)