Military sexual assault cases are all too common. Sexual Assault has become a persistent problem in the United States military, and the Pentagon has received some of the burden of accountability for the issue. Thousands of people within our military are sexually assaulted annually, with a very small percent of the victims coming forward and reporting this tragedy. The reason for this is that many people in the military received punishment and disapproval from their commander and peers for reporting the assault. In fact, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, many of those who reported their assault received more punishment in terms of minor record infractions than assailants did in a disciplinary manner.
Many believe the Pentagon is to blame, because there are not many known programs to help those who are sexually assaulted, and there is no incentive to come forward with their matter when those who do come forward receive punishment. “Many victims found reprisals they faced to be worse than the sexual assault itself.” The Pentagon sees this issue to be extremely important, and says they will put in effort to make the programs that they have put in place for this issue become more prevalent and known to the military members. The Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General noted that they would “increase efforts to spread information about the resources available to those who wish to report wrongdoing.”
According to PBS News, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter believes “One reason the military is among America’s most admired institutions is that we’re a learning organization. We strive to understand and correct our flaws,” Carter said, adding that the “report makes it crystal clear that we have to do more.”
The Human Rights Watch, a non-governmental agency which conducts research and advocacy on human rights, reports an increased number of people coming forward with military sexual assault cases. Despite the growing number of reports, there are still many military members who do not get the justice they deserve.
The VA offers benefits to military sexual assault victims.
Victims of military sexual assaults are eligible for VA disability benefits. Many Veterans who are victims of Military Sexual Assault have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and many other mental health issues. Just because your military sexual assault happened a long time ago, that doesn’t bar your from receiving veterans disability benefits. Many veterans long ago were the victims of hazing, rape, assault, forced prostitution, and groping and are still eligible for veterans disability benefits.
Woods & Woods helps with military sexual assault cases.
Woods & Woods veterans disability benefits lawyers have helped thousands of veterans and their families. If you have any questions about military sexual assault cases and VA disability benefits, don’t hesitate to call. We always offer free and confidential legal consultations on military sexual assault cases. For more information, please fill out the online contact form or call toll-free (866) 232-5777.