VA Long Beach Healthcare System
Military Sexual Trauma Counseling
You are not alone.
Dr. Vanessa Hurwitz
Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator
562-826-8000, ext. 24271
Both women and men can experience Military Sexual Trauma (MST) during their service.
While MST can be a very difficult experience, recovery is possible.
At VA Long Beach Healthcare System (VALBHS), Veterans can receive free, confidential treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. You may be able to receive this MST-related care even if you are not eligible for other VA services. To receive these services, you do not need a VA service-connected disability rating, to have reported the incident when it happened, or have other documentation that it occurred.
VALBHS has a range of services available to meet Veterans where they are at in their recovery:
- Mental health counseling
- Sexual trauma counseling
- Substance abuse treatment
- Psychological support groups
- Physical health care
Military Sexual Trauma (MST) is the term that Department of Veterans Affairs uses to refer to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the Veteran was in the military. It 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 faster promotions or 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/or threatening or unwelcome sexual advances.
VA Long Beach
5901 E. Seventh St.
Long Beach, CA 90822
- 562-826-8000 Ext. 24271
Hours of Operation
M, W, Th and F
7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.