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Military sexual trauma (MST) is the term the Department of Veterans Affairs uses to refer to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment. It includes any sexual activity where someone is involved against their will and/or where have been pressured into sexual activities (for example, with threats of negative consequences for refusing to be sexually cooperative or with implied faster promotions or better treatment in exchange for sex), may have been unable to consent to sexual activities (for example, when intoxicated), or may have been physically forced into sexual activities.


National data from the VA screening program revealed that about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men responded "yes", that they experienced MST. Some research suggests that women Veterans and active duty military personnel are more likely than non-Veterans to experience domestic violence. Survivors of MST are at increased risk of having experienced past and recent domestic violence. 

Challenges to reporting and seeking support

• Feeling isolated and alone
• Fear of retaliation
• Lack of trust in systems that are supposed to provide resources and support
• Feelings of shame, guilt or embarrassment
• Denial or minimization of the assault

Campus and community resources

Confidential DU Resources

  • CAPE (Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment) provides free and confidential advocacy and support to survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and harassment.
        o Daytime Advocacy: 303-871-3853
        o After-Hours Counselor on Call: 303-871-205
        o Email:
        o Address: 1981 S University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210
  • Health and Counseling Center provides confidential medical and mental health services.
        o Phone: 303-871-2205
        o Counselor on Call: 303-871-2205
        o Email:

Non-Confidential DU Resources

Community & National-Based Resources

  • The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at University of Colorado Anschutuz Medical Campus
        o Provides confidential, compassionate, individually-tailored mental health care to post-9/11 veterans, National Guardsmen, Reservists and their family members.
        o Phone: 303-724-4255
        o Website:
  • National Veterans Crisis Hotline:
        o 1-800-273-8255
  • National Women Veterans Hotline:
        o 1-855-829-6636



To learn more, or to connect with an advocate,
contact CAPE directly at 303-871-3853 or