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  • Experts Look at How Sexual Assault Impacts Male Service Members
    Photo by Lance Cpl. Reba James

    Sexual assault within the military continues to receive increasing attention. While sexual assault happens to both men and women in the military, little is known about the impact of sexual assault on men. During the 2017 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Summit, Ms. Cynthia LeardMann, a senior epidemiologist, presented findings focused on sexual assault and sexual harassment pulled from the Millennium Cohort Study.

    Servicemen and Sexual Assault

    The number of servicemen affected by unwanted sexual contact is similar to that of servicewomen. Between 2015 and 2016, there were approximately10,000 reported incidences of sexual assault of men and approximately 13,000 reported incidences of women. Despite these numbers, most research has focused on the impact of sexual assault on women.

    “There’s a gap in the literature regarding men and sexual assault,” LeardMann said. “We wanted to look at the full impact of sexual harassment and sexual assault with regards to men serving in the military.”

  • In Case You Missed It: #DCoESummit17
    Summit banner
    Graphic courtesy of Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

    The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) hosted the 2017 DCoE Summit, “Advances in the State of the Sciences and Best Practices” Sept. 19 -21. Attendees, presenters and panelists from around the world joined live, virtual discussions about scientific advances and best practices in psychological health and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

    The annual event provided real-time access to more than 28 hours of programming each day. The virtual platform allowed more than 2,611 registrants to view the various sessions.

  • DoD Releases Sexual Assault Resources to Enhance Care for Patients
    New Sexual Assault Resources for Health Care Providers

    The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury offers new resources for both patients and providers to help ensure consistent, compassionate health care for patients who were sexually assaulted or harassed.

    The provider resources educate Military Health System (MHS) providers in all health care settings about Defense Department sexual assault policies and help them navigate legal, ethical and privacy considerations for patients who disclose sexual assault. The resources also include assessment and planning guidance for patient safety following an assault.