Understanding and Treating Military Sexual Trauma

  • Kristen Zaleski

Part of the Focus on Sexuality Research book series (FOSR)

About this book


This authoritative update presents current findings on—and clinically and ethically sound responses to—the epidemic of sexual assault in the military. It examines in powerful detail how military culture enables a pervasive subculture of sexual violence, from consistently devaluing women to blaming victims and denying them justice. The author’s dual attachment/trauma theory lens attends to a wide range of outcomes such as unit members closing ranks against survivors and the continuing impact of assault trauma on veterans’ lives. And the book’s second half critiques standard forms of treating military sexual trauma in favor of individualized therapy addressing the physical, psychological, and neurological aspects of trauma and recovery.


This important volume covers:


·         Theory and history of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

·         Legal and health considerations in the aftermath of military sexual assault.

·         Critical distinctions between military and civilian legal response to sexual assault.

·         Variations in symptomology among survivors.

·         Specific barriers to services for male and LGBT survivors.

·         New and emerging treatment options for military sexual trauma/PTSD.


This Second Edition of Understanding and Treating Military Sexual Trauma follows its predecessor as an essential reference on its subject for mental health clinicians treating sexual trauma in the military as well as trauma researchers, sociologists, women’s health practitioners, and university students whose focus is women’s studies, public policy, public health, social work, psychology, sociology, or political science.                                                                    


Military Sexual Trauma Military sexual assault PTSD treatments Pregnancy From Military Sexual Trauma Sexual Assault in the United States Military Sexual Assault within the American Culture Treating the Trauma of Sexual Assault in the Military coping with rape domestic violence military rape neurobiology of trauma sexual assault as a method of war sexual violence in war Male military sexual trauma Multiple-perpetrator sexual assault Evidence-based practices for PTSD and depression treatment Tri-phasic model of treatment and healing Ethics for trauma clinicians Substance abuse disorders Attachment Theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Kristen Zaleski
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work School of Social WorkLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information