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Soon after the 2012 release of “The Invisible War,” a documentary about sexual assault and rape in the U.S.
Date: Monday, March 2, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Central Time)
The Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP) is pleased to announce a webinar on military sexual assault and male survivors.
In recent years, the issue of military sexual assault has been reported heavily in the press, documented in cinema, and gained the attention of Congress and the Executive Branch of our government. One aspect of military sexual assault that has become increasingly clear is that men are also victims. Though the incident rate for military women is higher, 85% of the active duty force are men; so, the actual numbers of male military sexual assault survivors are higher. Military culture, response, and retaliation can make male victims less likely to report their assaults, and male survivors face unique issues in their recovery.
Presenters: Brian Lewis, President, Men Recovering from Military Sexual Trauma and Chris Skidmore, Ph.D, Clinical Education and Resources Coordinator, MST Support Team, National Center for PTSD.
Moderator: Brian Clubb, JD, Military Advocacy Program Coordinator, BWJP.
This webinar will: Define military sexual assault (MSA) and military sexual trauma (MST); discuss the scope of the problem within the U.S. Armed Forces and issues faced by male survivors; describe the Department of Defense’s and Department of Veterans Affairs’ response; discuss important aspects of the recovery process for male veterans; and, discuss health care services available in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
Access to Free Veterans Law Training for Practice at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program is offering access to a free 6.5 hour online training video regarding practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (Court) and veterans benefits law. This offer is for nonprofit organizations that are currently practicing or interested in practicing before the Court. This training is provided in segments and offers CLEs.
This training is offered for free to nonprofit organizations, but the Pro Bono Program cannot assign your nonprofit a case at the Court based on completion of this training. Further, the Pro Bono Program will not be able to provide mentoring or sample documents.
Free seminar provided by the Practising Law Institute (PLI): Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2013.
Included in the CLE are forms and guidebooks, which by-the-numbers lay out a discharge upgrade application for advocates. We recommend this CLE to any attorney who is taking one of their cases.
Free on-demand webinar from Lexi-Nexis on the Basics of Representing Veterans and Their Families NOTE: The substance of the training starts at about minute 10:00.
We are helping to build a more vigorous nationwide network of lawyers supporting servicemembers, veterans and their families. Find research materials for advocates authored by some of the foremost experts in the country on military family law, veterans disability benefits, USERRA, SCRA and other relevant issues.
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