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Are threats a form of military sexual trauma?

Yes, threats are a form of military sexual trauma. Any time you felt pressured by physical threat, negative consequences or retaliation into a sexual act it is sexual trauma. Other experiences include unwelcomed sexual advances, offensive remarks about your body or sexual activities and unwanted grabbing or touching. If you experienced any of these during active duty or training, the VA considers it military sexual trauma.

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