Military Sexual Assault Victim Pleas For Better Care

Reported by: Aaron Adelson
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Updated: 1/10 6:43 pm
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Some call it an epidemic in the U.S. Military...Sexual assaults. 

Despite the Department of Defense's zero tolerance policy, according to the Pentagon, last year there were more than 26,000 incidents. 

The woman you are about to meet suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Susan Moseley has a hard time sleeping, takes anxiety medication, and recovered from an eating disorder.

Moseley has a hard time trusting men, but she shared her story with ABC36's Aaron Adelson, because she wants to help other victims. 

Moseley says the best way for her to do that is to speak out.

The Army estimates one out of eight soldiers return with PTSD. 

"One of the fears that you have is that your attacker is going to come back to find you again," said Susan Moseley, who served in the Army from late 1992-1996.

Moselely suffers from PTSD, but she does not have it, because of war.

"I always wonder where he is," said Moseley.

She says she found out who her attacker would be from the woman assigning her to her unit. 

"She just said my advice is get a boyfriend as fast as you can.  That will make him leave you alone," said Moseley.

Moseley says the Sergeant of her Army unit repeatedly sexually assaulted her.

"It was psychological tactics of getting you alone, getting you outside of your comfort zone, and inappropriate touching occurred, which then led to to other inappropriate activity, which led to things far beyond that," said Moseley.

Last year the military had thousands of reported sexual assaults, and tens of thousands more that went unreported. 

In addition to due process, those victims need help.

"My experiences at the VA have not been great ones, and my hope is that these females that come back are going to get the quality of care that when we signed on the dotted line we were told this is what you're going to get if you serve our country," said Moseley. 

She called her state Representative, Susan Westrom, to try to get better care.

"This has been one of the most important things that I've had the honor of fighting for and working," said Rep. Westrom (D) Fayette County.

At the state level, Westrom says there was not much she could do.  So they went Federal.

On Monday, Congressman Andy Barr will announce a bill to allow military sexual trauma victims to get treatment outside the VA.

"If given the choice, I would have rather been attacked by an enemy rather than someone that was in my chain of command," said Moseley. 


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