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Sexual assault occurred after military service and high sexual risk behavior due to PTSD


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I'm not sure where to post this because it's not MST but is about sexual trauma and is also a sensitive topic.  This article details a study that was conducted on Veterans who have PTSD and also exhibit sexual risk behavior https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4684959/

PTSD can result in high risk behavior such as promiscuity.  I'm service connected for PTSD and was sexually assaulted after I was discharged from the military.  I was service-connected rated for PTSD at 70% in 2012.  The sexual assault happened in 2017.  I recently filed for a PTSD increase.  In my DBQ and nexus letter, my treating physician of 11 years talked about my high risk behavior broadly but also documented the sexual assault to show the relationship between high risk behavior and sexual assault.  I also told the C&P examiner that I felt that my promiscuity resulted in the sexual assault.

Again, not sure if this is the right forum.  I wanted to ask how the VA may perceive this relationship and do they look at claims seriously that document sexual assault.  Has anyone experienced this or is aware of any documented cases.  Unfortunately, high risk sexual behavior in veterans who have PTSD is alarmingly an issue and uncomfortable to admit and also to discuss.  

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Im pretty sure PTSD is rated the same as MST.  They are both rated on "symptoms" once service connected.  Generally, the "symptoms" of the criteria for rating mental health disorders are in 2 categori

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Im pretty sure PTSD is rated the same as MST.  They are both rated on "symptoms" once service connected.  Generally, the "symptoms" of the criteria for rating mental health disorders are in 2 categories:

1.  Symptoms which affect employment, (occupationals).  

2.  Social symptoms, such as the inability to get along with others.  

      For mental health conditions, "all" disorders are lumped into one and rated the same way: Occupational and social impairment, once SC.  

Pyramiding prevents being compensated for any one twice.  Example:  Lets say you have PTSD and bipolar disorder.  Lets further assume, for this example, that you have the symptom, "anxiety attacks" (panic attacks).  You wont get paid for those twice, only once.  

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I'm not signing on to this one, I just don't see it.

The Military caused me to take risks that I normally would not have taken otherwise, i.e., promiscuity.

Following this logic, as an example,

I leave the Military, and 10 years later, and because of what happened to me in the military and where they sent me, I have no fear and accept the risk of going into a shady place.  While there, I get my ass handed to me and end up loosing the use of my right leg. 

Now I should be able to claim my loss of use, right leg, because the Military trained me to take risks.

I don't see it, but I could be all wet,

Hamslice

There has to be some limit to cause and effect, or we will be going down into a deep hole.

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Hamslice,

There is extensive scientific research on the relationship between PTSD and high risk behavior.  See enclosed document.

I was asking to what extent if any does the VA consider this relationship.

With all due respect, just because you don’t agree on a behavior or the relationship of it to PTSD you should at least consider the science first just as much as scientific evidence and not moral judgment should be the VA’s basis for deciding a rating.

DSIG

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DSIG,

I do not doubt the science,

I just don't see the VA opening that can of worms and where it would lead.

There is a mountain of evidence to prove that young Veterans buy more motorcycles, and therefore, take more risks.

It is the first question on the psychological test for becoming an Officer in the Army, or at least OCS (Officer Candidate School).

1. Do you like to ride motorcycles, yes or no.

Almost everyone gets it wrong.  The correct answer is no, because, yes means you take risks.  I answered yes, but still passed.

So, yes, I agree with the science, just not the premise,

Hamslice

 

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