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85K Vets Treated for Sex Abuse in 2012

85K Vets Treated for Sex Abuse in 2012
Posted May 20th, 2013 @ 11:13am by Matt Cantor, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– An AP report reveals the stunning scope of the sexual assault crisis rocking the military: Last year, more than 85,000 veterans received treatment for sex abuse, while 4,000 applied for disability benefits; 40% of those treated were men. The cases run as far back as the Vietnam War, with the most common long-term effects being post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, the AP notes based on Department of Veterans Affairs data. The VA says one in five women and one in 100 men screen positive for "military sexual trauma," defined by the VA as "any sexual activity where you are involved against your will," ranging from sexual harassment to rape.

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