“VA is committed to supporting Veterans who experienced military sexual trauma. VA uses the term “military sexual trauma” (MST) to refer to sexual assault or sexual harassment that occurs during military service.”
“People who have experienced MST are of all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations and branches of service.”
“If you experienced MST, VA wants you to know: We believe you – and we believe in you. That’s VA’s core message for Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2021. No matter how long it has been, you can still continue healing and taking small, positive steps forward in your recovery.”
“You are not alone: The Beyond MST mobile app can help
The new Beyond MST mobile app is a free and easy to use self-care resource designed specifically to support MST survivors’ healing and recovery. If you’re experiencing challenges, want extra support or are struggling to feel seen and understood, Beyond MST can help.”
“Dr. Amy Street, one of the project leads from the National Center for PTSD said, “We created this mobile app specifically for Veterans who experienced MST. It was designed to help with common concerns “among MST survivors and we hope Veterans see it as a supportive resource for their recovery journey.”
Beyond MST is private and convenient. You do not need to create an account or add identifying information to use the app, and it is not connected to your VA records. Any personal information that you enter into the app stays on your device and is not shared with anyone unless you choose to do so…”
“Take meaningful steps forward
Beyond MST can help you choose meaningful steps and learn new skills. For example, it includes tools to help you build a support system and strengthen relationships. Both are vital for most survivors in their recovery…” Read the full post here.
Source: Beyond MST mobile app for military sexual trauma survivors – April 29, 2021. VA.gov.