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 CAF members applying for benefits involving an injury or disease resulting from sexual assault and sexual harassment connected to military service. You may be able to apply to VAC for review or reconsideration even if you have been denied VAC benefits for past claims arising from sexual assault or sexual harassment. 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 settlement please visit the CAF/DND Sexual Misconduct Class Action website.

See recent updates to the following policies 1447, 1578 and 1584.

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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