New Report: U.S. Veterans Affairs Discriminates Against Sexual Assault Victims
Friday, November 22, 2013 10:30 AM

According to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union, Service Women’s Action Network, and the Veterans’ Legal Services Clinic at Yale University, the United States’ Department of Veterans’ Affairs makes it more difficult for military sexual assault victims to receive mental health benefits than other service members. Sexual assault victims are required to present more documentation than those who are seeking mental health benefits for combat-related PTSD. The report also found that when the victims do provide documentation, their evidence is harshly examined.
Those who experience sexual assault in the military are nine times more likely to have PTSD. Despite this, only 44.6% of military sexual assault cases were granted mental health benefits.