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Impact of gender on reactions to military sexual assault and harassment.

Bell ME, Turchik JA, Karpenko JA. Impact of gender on reactions to military sexual assault and harassment. Health & Social Work. 2014 Feb 1; 39(1):25-33.

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Research has shown that experiences ofmilitary sexual assault and harassment can have a negative impact on veterans' health and functioning, even years or decades later, thus clearly identifying this as an important area of concern for social workers. In addition to understanding the scope and general impact of military sexual assault and harassment, social workers also must thoroughly understand how different cultural factors may intersect with veterans' experiences. To this end, this article reviews the current knowledge base on how veterans' life experiences related to gender can affect their experience of and recovery from military sexual assault and harassment, highlights common gender-specific issues, and discusses implications for practice.

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