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A survivor is born the minute they go through a traumatic experience, and live to tell their story.
We are here to support the process and educate the public.
Women veterans are 1.8 times more likely than civilian women to commit suicide.
Those who do not use VA services have seen a 98 percent increase in suicide rates.
To us, the numbers are more than just statistics. Military Times Article
WVWS PROVIDES support via a FREE private forum of emotional support. A safe and respectful community encouraging bonding, connection and trust with women who believe in each other and understand the unique experience of MST. WE empower to stay strong and continue the fight for our health, well being, and rights because we matter.
begin the journey, find guidance, get back on track, continue, and move forward with healing.
Together we rise, uplift, support and encourage one another through the process of being a survivor.
WVWS is a not for profit community born out of a need to expand the support of our online Military Sexual Trauma (MST) community, which was established in 2017. We are a valuable resource platform maintained completely by volunteers who do a dedicated job and who receive no compensation. When a survivor of MST finds our community it is a relief to know they are not alone. It is Infuriating to realize how many tens of thousands of MST survivors exist. It is tragic to know how many have taken their own lives because the system supporting survivors is broken. Like any assault, there is a trauma associated, and the healing process is different for everyone. Justice is not always met. Pain can last a long time, decades in fact. This site intends to be an ongoing resource and place of hope.
FOR THE SURVIVOR: The term MST isn't a term many survivors associate with because many never report the Rape, Sexual Harassment, or Abuse. Or don't want to report it because they think they are the only one. OR they feel they won't be believed or called a liar, slut, whore. OR be tormented like they've witnessed others experience, may face reassignment, demotion in duties, threats, gaslighting, alienation, reverse discrimination, court martial, victim blaming and shaming, discharge, loss of retirement, healthcare, education benefits. The list goes on and on.
HEALTH EFFECTS: Depression and mental health disorders, Anxiety, Panic, Isolation, OCD, Eating disorders,Physical pain and injuries from the MST, Suicidal ideations and attempts, Self harm, Drug addiction, Rage, Pregnancy, Abortion, Disassociation, Night terrors, Phobias, Sleep issues, Vigilantism,Sexual dysfunction, Relationship and social dysfunction, and the list goes on.
FOR THE PUBLIC: The term “military sexual trauma” (MST), as defined by the Veteran's Administration (VA), refers to sexual assault or harassment experienced during active duty military service. MST includes any sexual activity that one is involved in against one's will aka "non-consensual".
Examples include, being pressured or coerced into sexual activities, with threats of negative consequences if refusal to cooperate or with promises of better treatment in exchange for sex. Someone having sexual contact with you without your consent, such as when you were asleep or intoxicated. Being physically forced to have sex. Being touched in a sexual way that made you uncomfortable. Repeated comments about your body or sexual activities. Threatening and unwanted sexual advances.
Men and women experience MST,. Like other types of trauma, MST can negatively affect a person’s mental and physical health, even many years later. Things you may experience could include:
Disturbing memories or nightmares, Difficulty feeling safe, Feelings of depression or numbness, Problems with alcohol or other drugs, Feeling isolated from other people, Problems with anger, irritability, or other strong emotions, Issues with sleep. Physical health problems.
for an immediate life threatening emergency
We are so fortunate to have an online community of Veteran Sisters who understand the unique experiences we share as MST Survivors. Whether it is specifically Military Sexual Trauma (MST) or women related issues, we know how valuable a support group, a local community meetup, or a network of professionals that are trusted can be. We want this site to be informative and an up to date resource for everyone who visits.
People often don’t get the mental health services they need because they don’t know where to start.
Talk to your primary care doctor or another health professional about mental health problems. Ask them to connect you with the right mental health services.
If you do not have a health professional who is able to assist you, use these resources to find help for yourself, your friends, your family, or your students.
If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please get help immediately. You are an important member of our community, and you have an important story that matters.
Call a number listed or click on a link to go directly to their resources.
Call Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call VA WOMENS'