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Shining a Light on MST for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Updated: Apr 5

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We must continue to shine a light on military sexual trauma (MST) and stand for our veterans, who are also MST survivors. MST is a serious problem in the military, and it is estimated that one in three women and one in 50 men have experienced sexual assault while serving. MST can happen to men and women in all branches of the military. It can occur during enlistment, training, deployment, or even after discharge.


Shining a light on MST

What is MST?

MST is a form of sexual violence. It can include things like rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. Military sexual trauma can happen during wartime or peacetime, and it can happen to service members of any rank. MST can happen to both men and women, and it can have a lasting impact on a person's mental and physical health.


MST is a problem that is often overlooked. It can be difficult for victims to speak out because they may fear retaliation or think no one will believe them. That's why it's important to have open conversations about MST so that victims know they are not alone and have resources available.

The Effects of MST

Survivors of military sexual trauma often struggle with mental health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. They may have trouble trusting people, and they may have trouble maintaining healthy relationships.

Survivors of military sexual trauma often struggle with mental health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. They may have trouble trusting people, and they may have trouble maintaining healthy relationships.


MST can cause physical health issues, too. Survivors may get sick more often and feel moody and tired more of the time. They may also have trouble sleeping and feelings of constant awareness.

How to Get Help If You are a Survivor of MST

If you are a survivor of MST, know that you are not alone. Many resources are available to help you heal and get the support you need. The Department of Veterans Affairs offers free counseling and treatment for MST. Survivors of MST often suffer in silence because they may feel ashamed, embarrassed, or even guilty. They may worry that speaking out will damage their careers or result in retaliation. But it is important to remember that you are not alone and there is help available.


TWC Is Here for Survivors of MST

Our mission is to strive to help veterans reclaim their lives from post-traumatic stress disorder. However, this is not limited to combat-related PTSD. We also strive to help survivors of military sexual trauma. Through our resident holistic retreats, you will be guided by supportive facilitators to understand yourself and your trauma.

YOU are a survivor. YOU are a warrior. And TWC is here to help you reclaim your life. All you have to do is take the brave step to reach out for help. If you are interested in learning more about the symptoms of MST or would like to speak with someone about your symptoms, you can reach the National Sexual Assault Helpline or the DOD Safe Helpline.