The past several years there has rightly been an intense focus on the issue
of sexual assaults within the military. A Pentagon study released in 2014
found a 50% increase in reports of military sexual assault. These crimes
are heinous and negatively impact the morale of our women and men in uniform
by degrading unit trust and cohesion. The emotional impact from a sexual
assault can last a lifetime.
According to the VA, the most common reactions following a sexual assault are:
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Anger Management Issues
- Shame and Guilt
- Social Problems
- Sexual Problems
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse
All of the above can be considered long term disabilities. Without the
proper treatment many of these can spiral out of control until they are
causing the individual assaulted even more long term damage. It is important
to have the ability to seek any treatment necessary to recover from the
trauma of sexual assault.
Unfortunately, according the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN),
the Department of Veterans Affairs is less likely to approve disability
claims for PTSD as a result of sexual assault than they are for other
PTSD related claims. This rejection of a claim can be seen as a denial
that a sexual assault ever happened and only adds to the trauma of the victim.
If you feel that you PTSD claim has been unfairly denied, contact the law
offices of Shook & Stone. Our lawyers are available to discuss your
case during a
FREE and confidential consultation.