Military Sexual Assault Awareness

Training and outreach to improve supports for survivors of “MST”

More military Service Members are sexually assaulted than killed in combat, and these assaults cause PTSD at higher rates than do battlefield experiences. Our nationally recognized military sexual trauma training provides critical information on this under-reported problem, typically called military sexual trauma, or MST. Our workshops educate care professionals and community members on how to recognize MST, make appropriate referrals, and advocate for the survivors. Smart Policy Works is the only civilian organization approved to offer Military Victim Advocate continuing education credits.

Find out about our trainings, and learn more about MST in our newsletter archive and via our podcast series.


Our trainings focuses on victim advocacy and helping a client through the “toxicity of MST.” They teach providers of care and supportive services how PTSD, substance abuse, and suicide can be links to MST and how to clinically treat those patients as well as provide helpful therapies. Learn more about our trainings.


The monthly newsletter gathers news items and summarizes journal articles for professionals, making it a must-read in the field. See the newsletter archive.


These brief conversations inform counselors about how to work with survivors of military sexual trauma. Smart Policy Works’ Zach Hunsinger talks with expert guests on topics around understanding the journey of recovery. Here are some examples.

How VA hospitals accommodate female survivors of MST – How teams at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center make accommodations for the unique challenges medical care can present for trauma survivors.   Listen

From hazing to amazing: Male recovery from MST – IThere are actually more male survivors of military sexual trauma than female. Support groups can be a way for them to begin to heal.   Listen

What do people mean by moral injury? – How is it different from PTSD, and how does such an injury fit with military sexual trauma?   Listen

Treating the entire family of MST survivors – An MST survivor can often find treatment, but the family or romantic partner, who is also impacted, is typically left out.   Listen

Parenting when you have a trauma history – Exploring the complexities of parenting with a trauma history and its impacts on children.   Listen

Browse our entire podcast, How Policy Works

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