An internal VA study found that female veterans have more difficulty obtaining quality outpatient healthcare than their male counterparts. According to the Associated Press, everything from physicians trained in women’s health, to mammography services, and to mental health counseling for women, are inadequate.
The Star-Telegram reports there may be a double-standard in diagnosing women with PTSD. Doctors may assume that since women are barred from serving on the front lines, they are not traumatized. The Star-Telegram further reports the VA is not equipped to recognize or treat sexual trauma, which affects at least one in five female veterans.
Women are now serving in the military at a higher rate than ever before. The Associated Press reports that women make up 17% of the armed services, and 11% of those serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. This is consistent with the information that the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has heard from female veterans.
Media Resources: Associated Press 6/13/2008, Star-Telegram 6/16/2008
2/27/2015 This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault - A bipartisan bill aimed at holding colleges and universities accountable for rape and sexual assault cases was introduced in Congress yesterday, spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act. . . .
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The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, which was introduced earlier this month, would require all public secondary schools in the country to include teaching "safe relationship behavior" in order to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. . . .