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Trauma and Diversity: Moving Towards an Understanding of Military Sexual Trauma Across the Gender Spectrum

January 1, 2018

Military sexual trauma (MST) is defined as sexual harassment or sexual assault experienced by military personnel during their service (U.S. Government, 2014). Experiencing MST has been linked to a number of adverse consequences, including psychiatric disorders (e.g., depression, posttraumatic stress disorder), physical health conditions (e.g., liver disease, chronic pulmonary disease), as well as increased risk for suicidal ideation, attempts, and suicide (Kimerling, Gima, Smith, Street, & Frayne, 2007; Kimerling, Makin-Byrd, Louzon, Ignacio, & McCarthy, 2016; Monteith et al., 2016). 

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