Military Sexual Trauma (MST) - John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
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John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan

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Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

The Detroit VA Medical Center has a comprehensive MST program. MST includes any sexual activity where someone is involved against his or her will -- he or she may have been pressured into sexual activities (for example, with threats of negative consequences for refusing to be sexually cooperative or with implied better treatment in exchange for sex), may have been unable to consent to sexual activities (for example, when intoxicated), or may have been physically forced into sexual activities. Other experiences that fall into the category of MST include unwanted sexual touching or grabbing; threatening, offensive remarks about a person's body or sexual activities; and threatening and unwelcome sexual advances. The identity or characteristics of the perpetrator, whether the service member was on or off duty at the time, and whether he or she was on or off base at the time do not matter. If these experiences occurred while an individual was on active duty or active duty for training, they are considered by VA to be MST.

VA Cares about Military Sexual Trauma – People can Recover from Trauma

To help Veterans do this, VA provides free, confidential treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to experiences of sexual assault or sexual harassment during military service.

For more information on MST, visit this site:

Location of Service in Medical Center:

John D. Dingell VA Medical Center

Contact information:

Renee Turnbell, LMSW (313) 576-1000, ext. 63872

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Contact Info


  • John D. Dingell VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 313-576-1000 Ext. 63872

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.