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Published March 25, 2012, 08:24 PM

Fargo's VA offers services to help military overcome sexual trauma

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Military sexual trauma is becoming more prevalent. The VA in Fargo offers services to combat these issues to help victims become survivors.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Military sexual trauma is becoming more prevalent. The VA in Fargo offers services to combat these issues to help victims become survivors.

Glenda Trochmann/Mental Health Supervisor: "Our outreach for Military Sexual Trauma has dramatically increased."

Glenda Trochmann has been the mental health supervisor at the VA Hospital for about three years. She oversees the operations of the program and also helps people who are dealing with the issue.

Glenda: "They may get prolonged exposure therapy, cognitive processing therapy, currently we have a number of mental health groups."

The problem isn't only growing in other states, but right here in our backyard.

Susan Thompson/Sexual Trauma program coordinator: "Within the Fargo area, we have about 11 new Veterans that come forward and say yeas this did happen to me every month, and this is the first year that there is actually a higher percentage of men than women."

Susan Thompson is the sexual trauma program coordinator. She along with other workers have seen the increases over the years, so they decided to come up with a specific program for victims.

Susan: "This is actually our third annual clothesline project. We have done it for the last three years, it is a really great education, awareness outreach event for survivors of military sexual trauma, but it is also for anyone in the community to come in and learn about military sexual trauma."

At the Clothesline project event survivors decorate t-shirts, illustrating their journey from trauma to healing.

Susan: "We hang them on a clotheslines to display, so we have a lot of shirts, we have a great display." .

Although this event only happens once a year...services to help those affect by Military Sexual Trauma are available all day, everyday.

The next clothesline project will be April 5th at the VA Hospital in Fargo.

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