Military Sexual Trauma

Tips for Preventing Sexual Assault and Re-victimization

The following strategies may help you feel safer and more in control of your surroundings.




  • Trust your instincts. If a person or place makes you feel unsafe, it’s probably for good reason.


  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.


Ways to Heal from Sexual Violence


Making Steps Toward Healing



Here are some of the key steps toward healing after sexual assault or harassment:

1. Create Safety


Facts About Sexual Assault and Harassment in the Military

Sexual violence is among the most serious violations a person can experience. It is a criminal offense, punishable under military, federal and civilian law. Sexual assault and harassment impact mission readiness and undermine the military’s core values. Sexual violence occurs to both men and women in the armed forces at least as often as it does to civilians. Sexual violence can cause psychological trauma having a negative impact on survivors that lasts for years after the event.




Emotional Healing Following Sexual Assault

The Emotional Healing Process

Recovery from sexual assault or harassment takes time and effort. To help the recovery process, you should find safety, take good care of yourself, and seek support.


Emotional Stages of Recovery

Everyone reacts differently to sexual assault and harassment. But there are five stages of recovery that nearly all victims experience. It is not important to pass through each stage in order; recovery is not a linear process. Survivors may pass through each stage in a different order and at different times.


Taking action when sexual violence happens in the military

Military sexual trauma: taking action

If You Were Recently Sexually Assaulted:

·Get to a safe place.


  • Call 911–if you need immediate medical help.
  • Call the DoD Safe Helpline (877) 995-5247 anytime to get confidential support and get connected to your local Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) or Victim Advocate (VA). You do not have to report what happened.


Military Sexual Trauma

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