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Sioux Falls VA Hosts Clothesline Project

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Sioux Falls, S.D. (KELO AM) - The Sioux Falls VA (Dept. of Veterans Affairs) Health Care System is hosting its first Clothesline Project – a visual display to raise awareness about the impact of military sexual trauma (MST), sexual assault, and sexual abuse. Survivors (both male and female) have decorated t-shirts to reflect their experiences and bring awareness of the impact of sexual trauma. The t-shirts are being displayed for public viewing on a clothesline in the front foyer of the medical center through April 10, 2014.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and VA provides free care for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. One in five female and one in 100 male Veterans have told their VA health care providers they experienced sexual trauma while in the military.

Questions, please call Charlotte McGrath, Women Veterans Program Manager, at 605-336-3230, Ext. 7747, or Robin Carter-Visscher, PhD, the local VA MST Coordinator, at 333-6890.

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