RT @NOW_NYC: Gen Loree Sutton, NYC Comm of #Veterans Affairs with @AnuBhagwati. You are an inspiration to all of us @NOW_NYC. http://t.co/W…
RT @HuffingtonPost: Vet homelessness drops 33% since 2010 http://t.co/Zx4q6fa68S
RT @gregjacob01: Congrats to @servicewomen's @AnuBhagwati for receiving the Susan B Anthony award from @NOW_NYC. #SBA2014 http://t.co/FFyxP…
RT @ATRWibben: @servicewomen I'm hoping you can help me spread the word about a series sof events we are putting on in SF - see #PJSVetConv
Watch: Full report on Eric Thomas & #AirForce Academy Sexual Assault #titleIX http://t.co/Qog1CEyCj6 via @ABC
RT @AnuBhagwati: Join @NOW_NYC and @servicewomen tonight for the Susan B Anthony awards! Can't wait to see you! http://t.co/N4NfyD47R9 #car
.@servicewomen stands with campus students carrying the weight to end sexual & domestic violence. #carrythatweight http://t.co/QeR8o3iOsl
Help #CarryThatWeight, by standing up to sexual assault and supporting survivors. More Info: http://t.co/tnPXABcSWV
Join us tomorrow to honor SWAN's Anu Bhagwati at NOW NYC's Susan B. Anthony award ceremony, RSVP here: http://t.co/83b2Ic5xhz
"Advocates are hopeful that the #VA is dedicated to improving services for female #vets" = more work to be done http://t.co/XMqYTlZqkH
3 pioneering women who qualified for #Marine Infantry Officers Course were physically disqualified last week http://t.co/NslA22HhPv
RT @HRC: .@USArmy is Held Accountable for Discrimination Against a #Transgender Civilian Employee http://t.co/xmRvgEhDVh via @HRC
Take a stand against domestic violence #DVAM http://t.co/CwBtU8YgXp
Five military women open up about life in a war zone http://t.co/G5OxltPYKf
US #Marines turn to female CEOs for advice on recruiting & retaining #yesallwomen http://t.co/6rjEyiiAM8
RT @gregjacob01: Proud to be joining other grassroots DV and sex asslt allies today at a Community Leaders Roundtable in the @NFL head offi…
RT @MilitaryHealth: #Pregnant moms-to-be: get your questions answered on this @usairforce site, created just for you. http://t.co/3sEOOPGs4…
#Navy reservist completes run to honor #servicewomen http://t.co/3Et1AoJLFK
#Yoga helps war #veterans get a handle on their PTSD http://t.co/kMZebXp8ov via @washingtonpost
18th Air Force Commander Upholds Sex Assault Conviction http://t.co/ZU280ztUKR via @Militarydotcom
Female #Vets Say They'll Put Country First, Even On Capitol Hill via @nprnews http://t.co/ld553JJpRi
Opinion: #military should make everyone in service follow California's 'yes means yes' law http://t.co/q90bpUS6jq via @washingtonpost
RT @HuffingtonPost: 85 colleges are now under federal investigation for sexual assault cases http://t.co/dwTUJn13QJ
Norway Closes Gender Gap as Women #Military Draft Starts #womenincombat http://t.co/zPQuKjiKOz via @BloombergNews
Sexual Assault Prevention Effort Tailored to Junior Marines http://t.co/LaULK9JDV4 via @Militarydotcom
39 women apply for Ranger School adviser duty #womenincombat http://t.co/YN9aBxN0By
RT @AnuBhagwati: #SWAN MAC'er @allysonrobinson speaks to military's obsolete #transgender policy: http://t.co/cpHqvYomRy @servicewomen h/t …
Commander, Navy Region Southeast Signs #DomesticViolenceAwareness Proclamation http://t.co/mJRfxzSNZi
Women in the #military: All branches say they'll continue to open jobs for female troops #womenincombat http://t.co/debhds2uMk
Grad students raise awareness of sexual violence in the military via @gwhatchet http://t.co/1gjKqRpqSU
RT @gregjacob01: Testifying to the Judicial Proceedings Panel today on privacy & issues with courtroom use of sex asslt counseling records …
Interview with Michelle Howard, first female 4 star admiral in #Navy http://t.co/kxhG6uD2oQ via @WAMCRadio
RT @AnuBhagwati: .@servicewomen Join #VoicesfromWar & @VetArtistProg to celebrate veterans & the arts! NOV 8, 7pm. http://t.co/b3avnocoXw v…
RT @AnuBhagwati: Here's more on Dan Abramson's yoga for bros & military vets toy soldier yogis: https://t.co/G1EsIk4WYp @servicewomen #GIYo
RT @AnuBhagwati: This is for veterans who've been exploring yoga. GI yogi? I dig these toy soldiers: http://t.co/4C6WbDpqmh @servicewomen @…
RT @IAVAPressRoom: . @redbookmag's November issue is dedicated to helping female veterans. Read here: http://t.co/y9faXMS3Az #newvets
Fort Bragg leaders discuss ways to curb domestic violence; coincides with Nt'l #DomesticViolenceAwareness Month http://t.co/bvzC1gDF5G
RT @AnuBhagwati: Troops sacrifice life and limb but Congress wants to ban them from smoking? Move on, already. @politico http://t.co/MdlH2U…
Sen McCaskill discusses sex assault at #Mizzou: policy changes aren't enough, a change in campus culture is vital http://t.co/Lszee1KLKR
#Senate confirms Gen Lori Robinson as 4 star commander of all #AirForce forces in the Pacific theater #yesallwomen http://t.co/ZF9o8qa0hb
RT @LeoShane: .@RepJeffMiller: "VA appears to be giving failing executives an opportunity to quit, retire or find new jobs without conseque…
RT @AnuBhagwati: Re-inspired after meeting with Veterans Legal Services Clinic students at @YaleLawSch So happy to see #veterans enrolled t…
RT @bkesling: VA ousts more senior executives. It's unclear whether they're being fired...or will be allowed to resign. @WSJ http://t.co/0…
RT @AnuBhagwati: Barriers to women's retention hurts the military. The Arrival of the Female 4-Stars: http://t.co/wjWsJQYOWo via @kwilliams
RT @AnuBhagwati: Great to see these Army sisters rocking the business world. http://t.co/pvgfIO4GQB via @USATODAY @reporterjoe @servicewome
RT @AnuBhagwati: Speaking soon at Yale Law School about the challenges & triumphs of changing military and veterans culture @servicewomen
RT @AnuBhagwati: Can't wait to speak to students, veterans & activists at @YaleLawSch tmrw about the journey of making national culture cha…
Successes, Challenges of Women in Combat; leaders exploring avenues to broaden career opps for #womenincombat http://t.co/ZBtqM23ZCD
#Navy announces enlisted #women to begin serving on submarines http://t.co/H5Fp2fRzYV
RT @JessicaValenti: Gov. Cuomo mandates "yes means yes" standard for SUNYs. Amazing! http://t.co/wa9C6e9uDc
RT @nikiinthehouse: Oct. is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to reflect on our cumulative responsibility to prevent & respond to d…
RT @ArielaMigdal: 3 women pass Marine Corps combat endurance test at IOC http://t.co/yMf96dl3zJ But still won't be allowed in Infantry. #Wo
A moment of silence for Private Danny Chen will be held tomorrow at 6:15pm. More information http://t.co/FFgWYAE49k #Justice4DannyChen
RT @gregjacob01: .@USMC Col in charge of @MCASMiramarCA Inspector General office fired for sexual misconduct http://t.co/LTndowDHMX @servic
RT @claudiamyers: @servicewomen women vets are often overlooked in film. Check out @FortBlissMovie @realmonaghan & why it's making news htt…
RT @DanLamothe: Exclusive: Army general, accused of sexual assault in Djibouti by senior adviser, retired quietly with demotion http://t.co…
#Hagel: #Military Medical System 'Average', but "we cannot accept average" #fixVA http://t.co/eRObaZPP49 via @ABC
Reports of sexual assault rise across #UC system: indication that widespread protests are having an impact. #titleIX http://t.co/qWnvI3bc6V
RT @BreaktheCycleDV: It's National Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Let survivors know you're standing by them #voiceshavepower http://t…
RT @TaskandPurpose: 5 Reasons Every Service Member Should Be Writing About Their Military Service | http://t.co/d0KsQYBxLZ
Study shows #vets who identify as lesbian or bisexual may have higher risk of alcohol misuse http://t.co/nXyzkl752m
"For women to have a #Ranger tab...says a lot about her ability” says SWANs @gregjacob01 http://t.co/267bosmVD1
RT @NYMetroVets: A message to #veterans in #NYC from new #MOVA Commissioner Loree Sutton: http://t.co/YKedD1qiAq
RT @AnuBhagwati: If the NFL is consulting the DoD about how to handle domestic violence, I am not optimistic. http://t.co/vtVxnPxMf7 @servi
RT @BloombergNews: New Jersey female lawmakers call on NFL owners to fire Commissioner Roger Goodell: http://t.co/IeE3RX4rWp
RT @Invisible_War: "We will win this battle." Thank you @SenGillibrand for fighting to #passMJIA. Together, we are #NotInvisible http://t.c…
RT @AnuBhagwati: So misleading. Title 9 doesn't apply to Academies. MT @militarytimes USNA joins 'It's On Us' campaign http://t.co/VFeFcdaS…
RT @AnuBhagwati: @kwilliams101 @vetshelpingvets Great to see this event! And, we need to support more women of color veteran writers. @serv
RT @AnuBhagwati: .@azbrodsky rocks it re: Title IX & campus assault. Can Pt 2 cover lack of T9 at Academies? @MHPshow @servicewomen http://…
#CoastGuard boosts efforts to tackle sexual assault reports http://t.co/XnV3jGgh8m
Why Is The Military Getting Involved In The NFL’s Domestic Violence Scandal? via @TaskandPurpose http://t.co/eeNjcw6boD
.@kwilliams101 addresses role of women in #military: "women can be significant force multipliers" #combatintegration http://t.co/on58DOVDsY
Women in #Ranger School: New details, application deadlines #USArmy http://t.co/u1zCWO9sHA
RT @AnuBhagwati: Word. @TrumanProject veterans take on Fox News re: "Boobs on the Ground" http://t.co/V30JY5yqks @servicewomen
#Senate Dems demand #VA disability for sexual assault victims #battleforbenefits http://t.co/1Vws7YelEv
Study examines #servicewomen's reporting of sexual assault in the #military #passMJIA http://t.co/PrZuFlRyAR
#Army: It's good news that sexual assault reports are up.... but still ways to go #passMJIA http://t.co/CHWT2wZVQx
RT @AnuBhagwati: Huge TY to Sen @MarkUdall for urging @WhiteHouse to pressure VA on Military Sexual Trauma claims regs. @servicewomen http:…
RT @AnuBhagwati: TY @SenGillibrand for supporting veterans. VA's Military Sexual Trauma claims regs need urgent reform. @servicewomen http:…
RT @AnuBhagwati: TY @SenStabenow for supporting our veterans. VA's Military Sexual Trauma claims regs need reform now. @servicewomen http:/…
RT @AnuBhagwati: TY @SenBennetCO for supporting our veterans. VA's Military Sexual Trauma claims regs need reform now. @servicewomen http:/…
RT @AnuBhagwati: TY @SenatorHeitkamp for your support. VA's Military Sexual Trauma claims regs need urgent reform. @servicewomen http://t.c…
RT @AnuBhagwati: TY @SenatorBaldwin for your support. VA's Military Sexual Trauma claims regs need urgent reform. @servicewomen http://t.co…
RT @AnuBhagwati: TY @SenatorBoxer for having our backs. VA's Military Sexual Trauma claims regs need urgent reform. @servicewomen http://t.…
RT @AnuBhagwati: TY Sen @MariaCantwell for your support. VA's Military Sexual Trauma claims regs need reform now. @servicewomen http://t.co…
Senators send letter to #POTUS in response to #VA rejecting 2nd petition made by SWAN and @VVAmerica on #MST-#PTSD http://t.co/9oELTuzsiz
RT @AmericanLegion: Via @ajc: Complaints of retaliation against VA whistleblowers more than doubled in recent months. http://t.co/INDvQ4WV…
7 Ways #Women #Veterans Have It Worse Than Our Men in Uniform #longform http://t.co/VimQ9iNGPf via @TakePart
#Army Drill Sergeant Found Guilty of Sex Assaults http://t.co/rDIXaEkOnq via @ABC
The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is now accepting nominations for their Annual Awards Program. More info: http://t.co/IcR0jXxQuX
#Army guardsman: Superior said more sexual assault reports could threaten graduation #passMJIA http://t.co/TLPTE87gRa via @STLtoday
Female #veterans feel left behind as services haven't kept pace #fixVA http://t.co/wtpVNTOJ8J via @WSJ
RT @Yahoo: The first Hindu congresswoman is also a combat veteran, and its best surfer: http://t.co/qzednK3m8j @TulsiGabbard http://t.co/TV…
#US #Military Three Years After ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ #DADTrepeal #equality http://t.co/pN7wr9KJb8

Security Clearance Form Punishes Assault Survivors

Question 21 on the Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF86) requires applicants to disclose any mental health counseling related to a sexual assault. This rule prevents service members who are applying for or renewing their clearance from actively seeking mental health counseling.

Service members and veterans seeking positions that require a security clearance have indicated that Question 21 not only prevents them from seeking counseling, but also adversely affects their military careers and future job prospects. An exemption to this question currently exists for applicants receiving mental health services for combat-related trauma, grief, and marital counseling.

SWAN believes an exemption should exist for sexual trauma survivors and has been working tirelessly on this issue with legislators and multiple federal agencies demanding a change to this form.

To learn more about where SWAN’s work with Question 21 stands today, click here.

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