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West Virginia: Sexual Trauma in the Military

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This course fulfills the West Virginia requirement for training on mental health conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans. 

Author: Susan Walters Schmid, PhD                                                                                                                      
Contact hours: 3
Expiration date: October 1, 2024
Course price: $29*

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Course Summary

Sexual trauma in the military is a reflection of our sexualized society. The DoD and the VA have formed divergent definitions of sexual violence and harassment that complicate tracking incidents across populations. Reporting an incident of sexual violence is daunting and both women and men face many barriers to a successful outcome. Military sexual trauma manifests both physically and mentally, with treatment inadequate in many cases. It can continue after discharge and for many years as a veteran.

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Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to*:

  1. Discuss the ways in which the sexualized civilian society is reflected in the military and its effect on military life and discipline.
  2. Distinguish between the DoD and VA’s guiding definitions of sexual violence and harassment in the military and discuss whether it would be more effective were they merged.
  3. Explain the process for reporting incidents of sexual violence in the military (MSA) and list the barriers to such reporting.
  4. Discuss the ratio of women to men in incidence of MST and compare the response of the military to reports of sexual violence.
  5. Identify the mental and physical diagnoses associated with MST and list treatment options.
  6. Summarize the issues and pitfalls involved in social reintegration for MST survivors.

*Please note: attainment of course objectives will be assessed in the course evaluation.