Wednesday, June 27, 2012
We discuss Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and find out what's being done locally and in Washington to combat abuse.
Jackie Speier, (D-CA), US Representative 12th District
Dr. Carolyn Allard, Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator, VA San Diego Healthcare System, Department of Veterans Affairs
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Campaign Plan 2012
In 2011, there were 76 reports of sexual assault at San Diego's three Marine Corps bases: 64 at MCB Camp Pendleton, three at MCAS Miramar and nine at MCRD San Diego.
Dr. Carolyn Allard, a military sexual trauma coordinator at the VA San Diego Healthcare System told KPBS there are concerns these numbers are actually much higher because many military members are reluctant to report incidents.
But she said 24 percent of women and 1.2 percent of men in the military report sexual assault incidents. When the military conducts anonymous screening, she said those numbers are much higher.
Military sexual trauma includes physical assault and pressure to have sex with someone in a higher command level, which Allard called "command rape." She said victims of sexual trauma are at high risk for developing PTSD.
In a new report on sexual assault in the Marine Corps, Gen. James Amos wrote, "despite our efforts, we have been ineffective at addressing and eliminating sexual assault."
The report also found one in five sexual assaults reported last year across the nation took place in San Diego County.