PTSD Related to Sexual Trauma
VA Disability Claims for PTSD Related to Sexual Trauma
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Military sexual trauma (MST) is the term used to describe any sexual activity in active duty where someone is involved against his or her own will. Veterans who experienced MST may develop PTSD related to sexual trauma or other mental health conditions.
If you were sexually traumatized while in active duty, you are entitled to counseling and other services provided through the VA, free of charge.
In addition, PTSD or another mental condition which was caused by MST will constitute a service connected mental health condition which the veteran can seek benefits for. Recognizing the absence of service records related to sexual trauma, the VA will accept non-traditional evidence to support the assault.
This evidence includes, but is not limited to: records from law enforcement authorities, rape crisis centers, mental health counseling centers, hospitals, or physicians; pregnancy tests or tests for sexually transmitted diseases; and statements from family members, roommates, fellow service members, or clergy. Evidence of behavior changes following the claimed assault is one type of relevant evidence that may be found in these sources. Examples of behavior changes that may constitute credible evidence of the stressor include, but are not limited to: a request for a transfer to another military duty assignment; deterioration in work performance; substance abuse; episodes of depression, panic attacks, or anxiety without an identifiable cause; or unexplained economic or social behavior changes.