Child sexual abuse and adulthood sexual assault among military veteran and civilian women

Jessica R. Schultz, Kathryn M. Bell, Amy E. Naugle, Melissa A. Polusny

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate childhood sexual abuse (CSA), adulthood sexual victimization (ASV), and adulthood sexual assault experiences in a comparison sample of female military veterans (n = 142) and civilian community members (n = 81). Women veterans were significantly more likely than civilian women to report adult sexual assault. Although comparable rates of CSA and ASV were found across groups, veterans more frequently reported having been sexually abused by a parental figure, reported longer durations of CSA, and significantly greater severity of ASV than civilians. Implications for mental health professionals providing sexual trauma services to female military personnel and veterans are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)723-728
Number of pages6
JournalMilitary medicine
Volume171
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2006

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