The viral #MeToo movement and public allegations of sexual misconduct against men in Hollywood (e.g., Harvey Weinstein), have increased public awareness of the widespread problem of sexual assault. For example, more than 19 million tweets (i.e., Twitter posts) included the hashtag #MeToo between October 2017 and September 2018 (Anderson & Toor, 2018), demonstrating the high level of engagement in this social media campaign. Importantly, the majority of these tweets either shared survivors’ own experiences of sexual assault or were supportive of survivors of sexual assault (Schneider & Carpenter, 2019).
Moral injury, defined as an experience of betrayal or transgression of moral values, has received increased attention in recent years and is associated with increased risk for psychiatric disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicidal ideation.
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can not only affect service members and their families, but also unit cohesion and operational readiness. PTSD treatment in the U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs exists on a continuum ranging from outpatient to inpatient, with residential offered as a higher-level, less restrictive option for those who requiring additional care. To understand the impact of residential treatment for active duty service members with PTSD, the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) collaborated with the OASIS Program to evaluate symptom outcomes over the course of treatment.