Five or six in 10 years?!
Only 5 or 6 people with Military sexual trauma in 10 years? I got over 95 entries in one year!
the "Hidden thing"
- MST survivors tried for YEARS to get a program running with OSISS. All requests have been turned down.
- Survivors of MST offered to expose their experience in OSISS promotional video. That too, was turned down.
- Last time I checked, the sexual misconduct centre was not even redirecting MST survivors to OSISS for support. They were sending queries to external civilian resources.
- Nowhere on the OSISS website is it mentionned that OSISS is dealing with Military Sexual Trauma.
- None of the Peer-Support Coordinators hired have actually experienced a military sexual trauma.
- None of the staff is trained to deal with Military Sexual Trauma.
Since I wasn't invited to these talks, I will share some info here...
- Nobody is tracking MST survivors down. Just the cases and occurrence.
- Maybe in your five or six cases, most assaults happened overseas, but that is not the case with my 95 entries.
- "Service-related" sexual assaults is more than sexual assaults occurring during overseas missions! What about injuries during training? Exercises? Tasking? Non-overseas deployments? Work functions? Or cumulative injuries overtime? If physical (and mental) injuries occurring during these times are considered service-related, why are sexual assaults or cumulative harassment occurring in these same settings not considered ‘’service-related’’ injuries as well?
I will at least agree with the last thing you said: ‘’ It's terrible, and it's something that DND has to look at. They can't sweep it under the table anymore.’’