4 of 10 women treated at local VA sexual trauma victims

BY JOEL CONNELLY, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF

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Four out of every 10 women veterans seeking medical care at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers in the Puget Sound area report that they were victims of sexual trauma in the military, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., learned at a Seattle meeting Friday.

“The consequences of military sexual trauma are permanent:  They are not something you walk away from when you leave the military,” said Dr. Joyce Wipf, professor of medicine at the University of Washington and director of the VA’s Puget Sound Women’s Program.

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