In a recently completed study by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), researchers found that sexual assault rates were higher than previously reported.   The study conducted using anonymous surveys mailed to 1,100 previously deployed female servicemembers found that 22.8 percent of women servicemembers reported experiencing sexual assault, and 48.6 percent reported experiencing sexual harassment.  The results of this study highlight the importance of providing ongoing prevention programs and the continuance of treatment programs for women servicemembers and veterans across the United States, including the almost 90,000 female veterans in North Carolina.

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