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Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio

 

Military Sexual Trauma - MST

 

VA Supports Supervisors

At the Dayton VA, we are committed to providing supportive, appropriate, and timely physical and mental healthcare services to Military Sexual Trauma (MST) survivors.

MST is defined as sexual assault, battery, or harassment that occurred while a veteran was serving in the military. The perpetrator of the MST does not have to be a military member or veteran. MST can include experiences like:

  • unwanted sexual attention or advances
  • inability to consent to sexual activities due to intoxication
  • persistent or degrading comments about a person’s body or sexual orientation
  • unwelcome touching or grabbing
  • forced sexual participation
  • threatening remarks or punishment for refusing sex
  • pressure to consent in exchange for promises of better treatment, better duties, or promotion

About 1 in 5 women and 1 in 100 men have told their VA healthcare provider that they experienced military sexual trauma. Despite higher rates of MST among women, there are actually comparable numbers of men and women seen in VA who experienced MST, due to the greater numbers of men in the military.

MST survivors may struggle with a number of issues, including medical and psychological difficulties, like

  • physical injury and
  • or chronic paingastrointestinal distress
  • diabete
  • respiratory problems
  • gynecological problems
  • headaches or migraines
  • strong emotions, like anger, depression, or anxiety
  • trouble with eating or sleeping, including nightmares
  • problems with alcohol or drugs
  • relationship problems or feeling detached
  • feeling unsafe, jumpy, and always alert
  • trouble with concentrating or memory

Fortunately, recovery is possible, and the Dayton VA is here to support you with confidential outpatient, inpatient, and residential services.  All treatment for mental and physical care related to MST is provided free of charge. To receive this free MST-related care, veterans DO NOT: need to be service connected, need to have reported or documented the incident(s) when they occurred, need to have sought help within a certain time period since the incidents(s) or discharge, or need a specific diagnosis.

Dr Kristin Rodzinka

Additional Resources:

http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/msthome.asp

http://maketheconnection.net/conditions/military-sexual-trauma

http://afterdeployment.dcoe.mil/topics-military-sexual-trauma

VA Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1

 

Dayton VAMC Hallway

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Contact Info

Location

  • Building 302
    3rd Floor

Contact Number(s)

  • 937-268-6511 Ext. 1079/1362

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm