Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
VA to Hold Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events
April 6, 2018
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System (EOVAHCS) is hosting a Clothesline Project, Faces of Sexual Assault, and Moving Forward in Recovery Art Display. This is a visual display to raise awareness about sexual trauma including Military Sexual Trauma (MST).
To 'Break the Silence' that often surrounds these experiences, male and female Veterans designed shirts, masks, and boots to reflect their experiences of sexual trauma and recovery. Please come bear witness to the impact sexual trauma has had on the lives of our Veterans.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Displays
April 13 - 9 am to 3 pm
Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center (Muskogee)
April 17 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ernest Childers VA Outpatient Clinic (Tulsa)
If you are a Veteran who has survived any type of sexual trauma and are interested in creating art for this display, please contact Dr. Patricia Byrd, Ph.D., MST Coordinator, at 918-610-2051.
Chasing Waterfalls: Reflective Group Walk/Hike
April 13 at 12:15 pm
Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center
EOVAHCS will also hold a reflective walk/hike to support Veterans who have experienced MST. The walk will be held at 12:15 pm at the Main Entrance. Participants will walk to Honor Heights Park waterfall and back. Please bring appropriate footwear if planning to hike along the waterfall steps.
Help for MST
MST includes unwanted sexual attention, sexual advances and forced sex that a Veteran experienced while in the military. MST can happen to both women and men. Help is available for Veterans who experienced MST. All MST-related care is free. Veterans do not need to be service connected and may be able to receive this care even if they are not eligible for other VA care.
If you suffered MST, please contact Dr. Byrd at 918-610-2051.