New legislation requiring Military Sexual Trauma Portal online for veterans
ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- New York is working to help veterans who experienced sexual trauma, with new legislation signed by Governor Cuomo.
The law requires the Division of Veterans' Services to maintain a Military Sexual Trauma Portal on its website, where veterans can go to find information about where to seek treatment and counseling for military sexual trauma.
Military sexual trauma is defined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as psychological trauma, which resulted from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment, while the veteran was serving on active duty or training.
"Far too many veterans have experienced sexual trauma in the military, which can lead to life-long consequences and years of recovery," Governor Cuomo said. "It is our duty to support our veterans once they get home, and this new law will help survivors of military sexual trauma find the resources they need to seek help and counseling and move onto the next chapter of their lives."
Statistically, one in five women responded "yes" when screened for such trauma.