Thursday, July 14, 2011

Two Facts

[Trigger warning for sexual violence and war.]

1. One in 3 female members of the military are sexually assaulted during their service, making them more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.

2. Via Christie Thompson: "A startling study released yesterday found that 80 to 90 percent of New Mexican women veterans with PTSD say the cause was sexual assault, not warfare."

In good news, due to a rule change by the Department of Veteran Affairs made last summer, it is now easier for servicemembers diagnosed with PTSD to get disability benefits.

Of course, that depends on getting an accurate diagnosis in the first place, which itself can be quite a challenge, to put it politely.