Staying Safe While Overseas in the Military
Victims and survivors of sexual assault in the military may face additional barriers and obstacles while living or serving overseas. Whether the victim is a partner of an Active Duty Service Member, a deployed Active Duty Service Member, or a Retired Service Member, often times it is unclear as to what services are provided by the military. Furthermore, survivors are concerned about the potential consequence(s) involved.
SASHAA works closely with Military Advocacy Programs to assist survivors in making informed choices regarding reporting. Our case managers are able to connect survivors with appropriate resources and provide other 100% confidential services.
Barriers to Military Survivors of Sexual Assault
The inherent acculturation to the military can isolate service members from their social networks, including family support.
Asking for help from friends or family can become challenging when military culture is creating constant demands.
Military survivors of sexual assault have very different reporting challenges due to the Uniformed Code of Military Justice and many other factors that are inherent in military culture.
The process of reporting sexual assault in the military is a significantly different process than in the civilian world and can be significantly impacted based on the country where the survivor is stationed.