#MetooMilitary Movement
The #Metoomilitary movement aims to unite survivors and supporters to put an end to sexual violence in our military. 
We are committed to researching, understanding and supporting changes in legislation which would provide better support for survivors of MST to include; reporting, protection against retaliation for reporting, access to mental health care, VA benefits and legal assistance. 

Sexual trauma in the military is not gender specific. Male survivors have been one of the most underserved communities in need of our support. 

Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST) are often hesitant to report crimes such as rape or sexual assault for fear of retaliation. Retaliation can often result in service members being wrongfully discharged from the military after reporting. 

The result is a that for many Survivors who have been retaliated against or even worse, removed from the armed forces with a characterization of discharge that was "Other Than Honorable", they often experience a difficult time accessing mental health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Reintegration to civilian life can be significantly impacted by not being able to access veteran benefits especially for those who need support. These less than honorable discharges have been associated with homelessness, imprisonment and suicide rates among survivors. 

It is crucial that we address the multitude of complications and expose the red tape associated with the discharge upgrade process. With a bad conduct discharge a survivor may be denied benefits such as but not limited to; health care, service connected disability compensation, pension, home loans, reemployment protection, educational assistance and vocational rehabilitation. Resources for legal assistance free of charge for survivors of MST is essential for those who have discharges that are less than honorable.  

Using social media you can help us by increasing awareness of MST, the need to support all survivors male and female, and to address the three key parts of the #MetooMilitary movement; change legislation, increase access to legal assistance and mental health care, free of charge for MST survivors.        
  1. Luz Helena (Stacey) Thompson
    USMC Veteran & Survivor
  2. Trina McDonald
    US Navy Veteran & Survivor
  3. Nicholas "Nick" Henry
    USMC Combat Veteran