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Social Workers Helping Military Deal with Sexual Assaults

There were more than 3,000 sexual assaults in the military last year but that number represents only a tiny faction of total assaults because most go unreported, according to this article in the Arizona Republic.

Some soldiers are getting help from social workers, the article said.

The Phoenix VA Medical Center hired social worker Judith Orosz to do nothing but provide counseling and group support for victims of sexual assaults in the military.

“They leave the military with a lot of trauma, a lot of anger and they feel like they can’t trust anyone,” she said. “It makes it very hard for them to hold a job.”

And civilian social worker Joice Jones coordinates with Luke Air Force Base’s sexual assault prevention and response program and helps run prevention workshops. Luke Air Force Base is also located in Arizona.

“Correcting the culture within the military is being done in a very pointed way,” Jones said.

To learn more about how social workers help the military, visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Veterans Affairs Website by clicking here.

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