09 Jun '13, 4am

Military sexual trauma captures the spotlight

Related Military leaders argue for commanders’ discretion in sexual assault cases Recent stories about sexual assault in the military Atlanta VA Medical Center; Atlanta, Ga. Photos courtesy Dept. of Veterans Affairs At least once a day, on average, Atlanta’s Veterans Administration Medical Center is alerted to another case of a woman in mental and emotional pain because she was raped, groped or sexually harassed by someone else in the military. Some call or walk through the doors seeking help. Others are referred by outside doctors or therapists but never show up. Altogether, their numbers are almost double what the VA saw in 2011 — mirroring a surge in both the number of cases nationwide and public discussion of a problem long consigned to the shadows. BriGette McCoy, a victim who lives in Atlanta and works to bring attention to the issue, thinks the numbers represent an ...

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