Most Active Stories
- Battle of the Bands Finals @ MAC March 26 - Be in the LIVE Audience!
- Record-Breaking College Bass Fishing Tournament Held at Kentucky Lake
- School Districts Revise Calendars to Account for Snow Days
- Murray State Equine Science Professor Pairs Student Interests with Real-World Research
- Identifying the Warning Signs of Autism in Young Children
Mon July 14, 2014
Lawmakers Probe Link Between PTSD and Sexual Assault in Veterans
Kentucky lawmakers are probing the link between post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans and sexual assault in the military. According to experts, rape is more likely than combat to cause PTSD.
Nationwide, about 350,000 veterans suffer from PTSD. Over 18,000 live in the Veterans Affairs service area that covers most of Kentucky and parts of Tennessee.
Dr. Mary Sweeney testified recently before the interim Joint Committee on the Military, Veterans Affairs and Public Safety, and told lawmakers that there is a more than 50 percent chance that a rape victim will suffer from PTSD - more so than combat.
“In terms of just the likelihood of developing PTSD, it gets no higher than rape,” Sweeney said.
Sweeney says that Louisville’s Robley Rex VA hospital offers a variety of options to treat PTSD in veterans, including those who were sexually assaulted.
The Impact Of War Project