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        The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault creates the social change necessary to end sexual violence. 

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        Members of our Armed Forces not only risk their lives to protect our freedoms, they also face additional barriers when it comes to sexual violence:

        • Military Sexual Trauma (MST) = term used by the Veterans Administration (VA) for sexual assault or sexual harassment that occurs during military service.
        • Rates of MST among vets who are part of the VA Healthcare system are higher than those found in “general military populations.”
        • In a 2000 national survey of women in the VA Healthcare system, with 3,632 women responding, 835 or 23% reported at least one sexual assault while on active duty.


        The Invisible War - documentary on sexual assault in the military: view the trailer (on YouTube).




        • SAPRO - Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.
        • SafeHelpline link to external website – a project of the DoD and RAINN.org [confidentiality may not be guaranteed if you use this service; RAINN staff can transfer to local community service providers if requested].


          In the News:

          icon - news story 2014-07-30: Sen. Baldwin co-sponsors legislation to expand access to contraception for military women, dependents. Washington D.C. - Legislation supported by women’s health care advocates would also boost access to comprehensive family planning counseling.

          icon - news story 2013-11-19: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Delivers Senate Floor Speech on Military Sexual Assault - Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined a bipartisan group of Senate women in speaking out on the Senate floor working to support historic change in an ongoing effort to address military sexual assault.

          icon - news story 2013-08-15: U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Hagel’s Statement on New Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Measures  - For immediate release from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) on August 15, 2013.

          icon - news story 2013-03-17: Military sexual assault victim turns trauma into hope
          Air Force veteran now leads a support group for others who faced torment: Mar 17, 2013 via Florida Today.

          icon - news story link 2013-02-14: The Rape of Petty Officer Blumer
          Inside the military's culture of sex abuse, denial and cover-up: RollingStone.com – Feb. 14, 2013.

          icon - news story link 2013-01-23: Air Force calls number of sex assaults "appalling" CBS News: January 23, 2013: WASHINGTON. The Air Force recorded an "appalling" number of reports of sexual assault last year even as it worked to curb misconduct in the wake of a sex scandal at its training headquarters in Texas, the service's top officer told lawmakers on Wednesday. Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, said there were 796 reports of cases ranging from inappropriate touching to rape. The 2012 figure is a nearly 30 percent increase from 2011 when 614 cases were reported. The number could be much greater, Welsh said, because many cases are never reported at all. "Calling these numbers unacceptable does not do the victims justice," Welsh said. "The truth is, these numbers are appalling!"

          Read the full story on CBSNews.com...

          icon – multimedia content2012-09-27: Victims of sexual assault in military say brass often ignore pleas for justice – report on NBC’s Rock Center; video and text transcript…

          icon – news site link2012-08-12: YouTube series 'Lauren' focuses on military sexual assault

          Originally published: August 12, 2012 9:12 PM

          The enormous obstacles and emotional torment that a female solider confronts in reporting a sexual assault in the military are the focus of the three-part Web series "Lauren" on YouTube's new channel WIGS, which focuses on drama for women.

          2012-04-02: DOD Implements New Changes to Sexual Assault Response

          WASHINGTON, April 2, 2012 – The Defense Department has refined new methods to aid sexual assault victims whether reporting a crime or seeking assistance as they transition from service, the director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office said here March 30.

          “We have several new options for victims of sexual assault,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog. “First, if you’ve been a victim of sexual assault in the military you now have the option of requesting an expedited transfer. We signed that into effect in December.”

          Read the full press release on the DOD website


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