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Sexual trauma during service

Where can I get help?

Any Veteran who requires help should contact VAC Assistance Service at 1-800-268-7708 to speak with someone immediately. This service is a 24-hour toll-free help line that provides military and RCMP Veterans, and their families, immediate short-term mental health counseling with a professional, along with referral services, including support for mental and emotional health concerns.

Applying for VAC benefits

The Federal Court approved a settlement to compensate former and current CAF members, DND employees and Staff of Non-Public Funds affected by sexual misconduct. Learn more about the settlement, who is included, and your legal rights and options at the CAF/DND Sexual Misconduct Class Action website.

VAC has updated its approach and policies for determining claims for Veterans and CAF members applying for benefits involving an injury, illness or other medical condition resulting from sexual assault and sexual harassment (sexual trauma) connected to military service. You may be able to apply to VAC for departmental review or request reconsideration even if you have been denied VAC benefits for past claims arising from sexual trauma. If you haven't applied before, you may also want to consider applying for VAC benefits under the updated policies. For more information on the updates made to VAC's policies and on available options for departmental review and reconsideration of past VAC decisions, please review the Notice contained as Schedule T of the settlement.

You can see the three updated policies here:

Veterans or members who have a condition due to sexual trauma related to service, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and/or physical conditions, are encouraged to apply to VAC for disability benefits. Veterans or members may apply for any condition linked to sexual trauma related to service with supporting medical information from his or her treating physician/psychologist. A link between the medical condition and sexual trauma related to service must be present.

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