Sexual Assault

Impact of Trauma on Women and Girls: Women in the Military

The US Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health has been hosting a webinar series I have just discovered: the Impact of Trauma on Women and Girls Across the Lifespan. The latest offering in the series will be held May 26th at 2pm ET, Women in the Military: Active Duty and Veterans.

From the site:

The impact of violence, abuse, neglect, disaster, war, and other harmful experiences continues long after the traumatic event has ended. Exposure to trauma is a pervasive issue that has significantly impacted the health and well-being of millions of Americans and nearly everyone seeking services in the public health and social services systems. Understanding how trauma affects the emotional, behavioral, cognitive, social, and physical functioning of the people we care for can improve our services.

LTC Cynthia Rasmussen RN MSN CANP Has served as a Mental Health Nurse in the Army Reserves for 23 years, She is currently serving in her 6th year of being mobilized to support the Global War on Terrorism. She is an Adult Nurse Practitioner on leave from the Veterans Administration. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nursing from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.

She is the Psychological Director, Combat Stress officer and Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the Army Reserves caring for geographically dispersed soldiers and families in 19 States. She has Testified before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, she received The MOPH HONORARY SERVICE AWARD from the Military Order of the Purple Heart National Service Officer Training, and has had an essay published in the book “Hidden Battles on Unseen Fronts” by Celia Straus, for the Armed Forces Foundation.

***There are also 5 other archived sessions in this series, including one by Bruce Perry on the impact of trauma on the developing child. Definitely worth checking these out.