Term Sexual Assault Counseling
Code RP-1400.8000-800
Definition Programs that provide crisis, short-term and/or ongoing counseling for people who are coping with the emotional trauma of being forced to engage in sexual intercourse or other sexual acts without their consent. Included are military sexual trauma (MST) counseling programs offered by facilities operated by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, which address the needs of veterans who have been traumatized by having experienced assault or repeated threatening sexual harassment which occurred while serving on active duty in the military. Counseling and support may be offered in a variety of settings and may include individual, conjoint, family and group therapy sessions for the survivor and/or significant others.
Created 5/26/11
Changed 12/16/14
Use References Military Sexual Trauma Counseling
MST Counseling
Rape Counseling
See Also References Child Sexual Abuse Counseling (RP-1400.8000-020.18)
Clergy Sexual Abuse Reporting (FN-1700.1400)
Crime Victim/Witness Counseling (RP-1400.8000-160)
Post Disaster Crisis Counseling (TH-2600.6500-600)
Programs for Sex Offenders With Mental Disabilities (RP-6400.8000-580.65)
Sex Offender Counseling (RP-1400.8000-795)
Sexual Assault Hotlines (RP-1500.1400-750)
Sexual Assault/Incest Support Groups (PN-8100.0200-800)
Sexual Assault Protective/Restraining Orders (FT-6940.7900)
Sexual Assault Treatment (LT-1750.7935)
Sexual Assault Volunteer Opportunities (PX-2300.8000)
External Classification Terms Counseling (UW
Counseling (NTE F60)
Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders (CAN MH-500)
Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders (USA MH-500)
Personal Safety (ACH E-01)
Rape Relief (UW
Sexual Assault Services (NTE F42)
Specialized Counseling (NPC F06)
Related Concepts Sexual Assault
Facet Service
Comments Counseling programs for sexually abused children typically handle all cases of involving sexual contact with children, not just those that involve family members. That being the case, Child Sexual Assault Counseling (once a subset of this term) became redundant as an indexing concept and it and its adult counterpart were removed. Use Child Sexual Abuse Counseling (RP-4500.0100-160) for counseling programs for children and this term for adult programs. If there are areas in which the distinction between child sexual abuse and child sexual assault is clearly maintained, use this term (Sexual Assault Counseling) and target terms to pinpoint the focus.
Bibliographic References "Military Sexual Trauma", PTSD: National Center for PTSD, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/types/violence/military-sexual-trauma-general.asp

"What is Sexual Assault?", Department of Commerce, State of Washington, http://www.commerce.wa.gov/site/261/default.aspx

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