Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Helping Women Soldiers Traumatized by Sexual Assault

By Sally Chew

In the past few years there has been a lot of attention paid to the problem of sexual assault in the U.S. military. Congressional hearings, military panels, and nonprofit organizations have looked at how to lower the incidence of assault, help women feel safe reporting it, and allow them to recover from the Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that often follows it.
A new report from Australia recommends prolonged exposure therapy for preventing PTSD. The treatment involves reliving the traumatic experience with a therapist in order to face your fears and learn coping skills. Last year a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recommended the therapy specifically to treat women vets with PTSD—a condition they are more likely to report suffering from than men. Read More

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