New Jersey VA event looks to encourage survivors of military sexual assault to seek help
The Veteran's Affairs of New Jersey is hosting an event to encourage survivors of military sexual assault to seek help.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, and the VA is rounding out the month with an event called an Evening of Self-Care at the Wellness Center in East Orange.
"We believe you and we believe in you," says Xiomara Johnson, of the Veteran's Affairs of New Jersey.
That's the message Veteran's Affairs of New Jersey hopes to relay to veterans who are survivors of military sexual assault.
We're not just a facility that treats diseases," says Johnson. "We treat everything from mind, body and soul. It's all one."
News 12 spoke with Dr. Joanna Rosner, a clinical psychologist with Veteran's Affairs, who had alarming statistics when it came to the number of veterans who report sexual assault. She says only 1 in 3 female veterans and 1 and 50 male veterans have reported their experience.
Dr. Rosner says historically survivors haven't been met with support. She says seeking help is what the Evening of Self-Care and the #We BelieveYou initiative will promote.
Veterans attending the event can expect a holistic approach to healing, complete with art and sound therapy and yoga exercises.
The event will take place Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.