Child sexual abuse and adulthood sexual assault among military veteran and civilian women

Mil Med. 2006 Aug;171(8):723-8. doi: 10.7205/milmed.171.8.723.


The purpose of this study was to investigate childhood sexual abuse (CSA), adulthood sexual victimization (ASV), and adulthood sexual assault experiences in a comparison sample of female military veterans (n = 142) and civilian community members (n = 81). Women veterans were significantly more likely than civilian women to report adult sexual assault. Although comparable rates of CSA and ASV were found across groups, veterans more frequently reported having been sexually abused by a parental figure, reported longer durations of CSA, and significantly greater severity of ASV than civilians. Implications for mental health professionals providing sexual trauma services to female military personnel and veterans are discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / statistics & numerical data
  • Child, Preschool
  • Crime Victims / psychology
  • Crime Victims / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Michigan / epidemiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Military Personnel / psychology
  • Military Personnel / statistics & numerical data
  • Military Psychiatry
  • Regression Analysis
  • Sex Offenses / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Veterans / psychology
  • Veterans / statistics & numerical data*
  • Women's Health*