#Military sex assault numbers would double if civilian victims were counted, @SenGillibrand report says http://t.co/iibhMMpvEs
Bill would up protections for #military whistleblowers who 'bravely speak out about wrongdoing or misconduct' http://t.co/TWPepwsuvE
Breaking #military's ultimate glass ceiling? Women start #Ranger training http://t.co/O4FnfWdmvk
Why physical standards still dog the fight about #womenincombat units http://t.co/aU7ZVGLrvB
#Pentagon accused of withholding info on sex crimes: "I don't think military is being honest," says @SenGillibrand http://t.co/1CJzMhQD4o
#Navy #SEALs see no barrier to women in combat ranks http://t.co/wUtDuRYX55 via @washtimes
Few Military Women Seek Care After Sexual Assault: Study http://t.co/xUutUQ1Sik via @usnews
Little progress made in countering perceptions of retaliation in sexual assault reporting http://t.co/dNa7MFzjCQ
RT @DeptofDefense: #SecDef: Our commitment to stopping sexual assault will never cease. http://t.co/gOFaZwrl4j http://t.co/cwiOlhTUAR
Statement from SWAN interim executive director Erica Hunt in response to Pentagon SAPRO sexual assault survey results http://t.co/RFhW0LKyr4
Inside #Army Ranger School With First Female Soldiers #womenincombat http://t.co/WvG36S4EYB via @ABC
.@RepSpeier Passes 11 Military Sexual Assault Amendments in the #FY16NDAA http://t.co/d7IwqV4JyK
RT @nikiinthehouse: Annual defense bill includes my bill w/ @RepMikeTurner to support #MST survivors #FY16NDAA @HASCDemocrats http://t.co/t…
RT @gregjacob01: .@servicewomen supported #military whistleblower protection bill introduced by @SenatorBoxer today. http://t.co/9kFJcuLnft
Women in special operations: Female troops detail their time in combat http://t.co/WvK7t0Vq6J
It's still not too late to become a fellow! Women #Veterans #Fellowship in Leadership & Public Policy info here: https://t.co/23kznLOuU3
#DoD Official Provides Update on #Combat Jobs for Women http://t.co/qN3ZOdmUxZ
#Obama Urged to Add Sex Assault Protections at #Military Academies via InsideHigherEd http://t.co/iePjjx5OnS
Activists call for stiffer internal oversight of #military academy sex assault cases #SAAM http://t.co/8coYAcSAiF
w/ proposed EO "POTUS could increase accountability & transparency at our Service Academies" says SWAN's @gregjacob01 http://t.co/SrbsRxNLhw
How SWAN Is Tackling Sexual Assault In #Military Service Academies http://t.co/NDBMROEF4w via @HuffPostLive
RT @starsandstripes: Group urges @DOD_IG oversight of #military service academy sex assaults: http://t.co/8tK5B3UTak @servicewomen by @Trav
RT @WIIS_Global: Watch live event of "Women in Combat: Where They Stand" now at http://t.co/Nmo19cCUvi
SWAN delivers proposed executive order to #WhiteHouse for protections at #Military Service Academies http://t.co/N8aCSnDncv
RT @nikiinthehouse: "status quo is simply unacceptable” - Read about my new bill w @RepMikeTurner to combat #MST - the SUPPORT Act: http://…
Decisions loom after #Marine infantry officer experiment ends #womenincombat http://t.co/EeWks1Nupm via @marinetimes
Eight women finish first week of US #Army #Ranger test http://t.co/rVCOE2oG5V
Judge Won't Dismiss Sex Claims Against #WestPoint, former cadet can move forward with her lawsuit http://t.co/lzjEkJlvLH via @ABC
RT @ArielaMigdal: Shifting Deadlines, Shifty Numbers: The Pentagon’s Messy Process for Removing the Ban on Women in Combat https://t.co/ivx…
#Senate passes amendment closing #military sex offender loophole https://t.co/voHjiaW2S2 via @DenverChannel
Ashton Carter: ‘Maybe’ all #combat jobs will be open to women in January http://t.co/jMf6G99nfI via @washtimes
Secretary #AshCarter to Troops: I Need You to Say ‘Enough’ to Sexual Assault http://t.co/3YpXghrKeB via @defenseone
#AirForce to begin tests to open combat jobs to women http://t.co/KsydLnz8hr via @airforcetimes
#AirForce begins testing phase for #womenincombat roles, working to open the last 1 percent http://t.co/9Z0nr9CDJF
RT @gregjacob01: TODAY: At the #Senate Veteran Affairs Cmte hearing on women #veterans health care Panel1: VA officials Panel 2: VSOs and …
#FortBragg has several resources for victims of sexual assault http://t.co/J1NdS2y5bc
#SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth: Survivor’s experience brings message home, emphasized importance of changing culture http://t.co/TZwaHA8yhM
Voices: Integrating women into #combat units http://t.co/B8GUC0bhhq via @usatoday
#Army Shows Women No Slack at Elite #Ranger Qualifiers http://t.co/yGFERcTjFV via @defenseone
Aberdeen Proving Ground opens sex assault center; but it's only one half of the equation says SWAN's @gregjacob01 http://t.co/c6g13nVQJo
It's not too late to become a fellow! Women #Veterans #Fellowship in Leadership & Public Policy info here: https://t.co/23kznLOuU3
Meet the women helping the #Army as #Ranger School takes on female soldiers #womenincombat http://t.co/ur4kPrUsLM
McCaskill-Backed Bill Would Open up Disability Benefits for Survivors of #Military Sexual Assault @clairecmc http://t.co/jZ5JLJ0mKA
Inside the #Army's effort to train and assess women for #Ranger School #womenincombat http://t.co/vCAtoRK7u5
Marin #military sexual trauma survivor to lobby #Congress #passMJIA http://t.co/PAhGf2v28C via @marinij
#Transgender in the #military: A #Pentagon in transition weighs its policy http://t.co/8zZZMJgp12
Last IOC in #Marine infantry experiment drops female officers http://t.co/oLHB3OSnJh via @marinetimes
SWAN is looking for #vets for our #Women Veterans #Fellowship in #Leadership and Public Policy! Apply here: http://t.co/zqcYcSACDm
Men Say They're Wary of Women in Special Forces: #Veterans of Both Sexes Weigh In http://t.co/Y0rwbJeOOu
RT @csmonitor: Pentagon faces hurdle to women in Special Ops: 'uninformed' men http://t.co/k308l2sK8V
RT @IWASTHEREfilms: @servicewomen Also, here's a film by two women from one of our recent workshops: http://t.co/O1isTBjy9s
Heavy dose of #SHARP training planned for #SpecialForces affected by recent expansion in assignments for women http://t.co/tOK65Wo3Do
RT @LeoShane: Lawsuit could force faster decisions on VA benefits cases lingering in appeals for years http://t.co/kxIJT919Yg
Combat engineer MOS now open to women #womenincombat http://t.co/AI1Z7l91eZ via @armytimes
RT @mmfa: Fox host suggests women shouldn't join special forces because men's "innate chivalry" will compromise combat: http://t.co/DpAQyKH…
Special ops surveys: troops doubt women cut out for elite combat roles http://t.co/9NSURVTlVP via @NewsHour
#WestPoint adds female cadets as gender barriers fall; expects record number of female members in next class http://t.co/8pYcj1V50T
Number of women going to #Army #Ranger School just doubled http://t.co/CayPPpRfUB
#MarineCorps Women’s Leadership Symposium discusses key topics & gender equality https://t.co/hNHg2HOF9J
#Military sex assault lawsuit aims to remove some commanders from overseeing cases http://t.co/UGVK0m5qnt
RT @starsandstripes: Oldest known veteran, 110, blazed path for blacks, women: http://t.co/a1pmk5uw4K
#Marine women face combat test http://t.co/FCMzOqyMzT via @utsandiego
Congressman @RepAndyBarr (R-KY) reintroduced H.R. 1603, the Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment (SAVE) Act http://t.co/qwpeGoduNy
RT @RepPoliquin: Honored to serve on behalf of constituents like @ruthmoore88 who never give up their fight in pursuit of justice - http://…
RT @ruthmoore88: #RUTHMOOREACT #INTERNITY We are pleased our legislators care about our MSTvets. Create lifelong change via RMA2015. http…
RT @chelliepingree: Keeping up the fight for #veterans who are survivors of sexual assault. @servicewomen @ruthmoore88 #mepolitics http://t…
Listen to Sgt. Kelly Brown via @nprnews: Female #Marines Make Adjustments To Advance In #Combat Training http://t.co/fNMXU8FRZz
RT @SusanAvilaSmith: In first floor speech, Ernst urges help for vets http://t.co/y5UOP9DakY
Via @nprnews: A Visit To A #Marine Base As Marines Test Whether #Women Can Serve In Ground #Combat http://t.co/1qyG2xBt8A
RT @CIIWG: Save the date! 27 APR "Women in Combat: Where They Stand" #womenincombat @CIIWG @WIIS_Global @servicewomen http://t.co/konHcSKMrQ
SC #Army Guard's 1st female general: Women going far, "something that is enduring & will keep progressing" http://t.co/unxewcQQNK
#Army female trailblazers applaud expanding role of #women http://t.co/mYsaOC07c6
#Military sexual assault services may neglect men: #GAO report http://t.co/eoZcXzDXQ8 via @washtimes
#DoD slow in addressing sexual assault of men, doesn’t have clear plan for responding specifically to attacks on men http://t.co/LY6Rh4TgwX
Wounded Warrior Project @wwpinc Presents 2015 Policy Priorities to #Senate, House #VeteransAffairs Committees http://t.co/Yp30N6GKFQ
Listen viia @nprnews: As Women Try Out For Armor Units, 'If You Can Hack It, You Can Hack It' http://t.co/IqO6uYjZUp
#Army Picks Female Intel Soldier for USAREUR's Top Enlisted Slot http://t.co/Fp7HsRz6Ot via @Militarydotcom
#Pentagon says all Services on track to open all #military jobs to women http://t.co/XRxJLof16G #womenincombat
RT @VAVetBenefits: Meet the Director of VA’s Center for #WomenVets @ElisaBasnight http://t.co/AKL4aDplBs
Want to get involved with SWAN? Apply for the Women Veterans Fellowship in Leadership and Public Policy! http://t.co/8dASVKpycR
Research calls for new policies to support women #veterans #healthcare needs #battleforbenefits http://t.co/7UUDEBmp6f via @medical_xpress
Listen via @nprnews: In Intense Desert Training, Dozens Of Women Fight For Place On Front Lines #womenincombat http://t.co/Fi3qhqEzus
Watch: #60Minutes on Woman and Combat: Cracking the last all-male bastion in US #military? http://t.co/9fwXmY1Wua
Trailblazer Allison Hickey faces her toughest battle: #VeteransAffairs http://t.co/9QvAIhSGfc
Rep. Costello requests inspector general review of #VA health services for #womenveterans #battleforbenefits http://t.co/T1YCqDwWm8
.@SenatorShaheen seeks extension of #VA benefits to same-sex couples http://t.co/oXXhDgSBzw via @washblade
#Army Researchers Testing Strength to Better Match Soldiers to Jobs http://t.co/Ni187h1k0i via @Militarydotcom
Legal services org looking to speak confidentially to women who unsuccessfully applied to USMA. Contact: militaryacademies@mailman.yale.edu
Testing male, female combat strength: Exactly how strong does an infantryman, or woman, need to be? http://t.co/gvl9bhV85E
#AirForce push to retain more women & minorities, initiatives include more waivers to ppl who don’t meet height reqs http://t.co/LK5vqVGnbQ
.@SenGillibrand: Taking On #MilitarySexualAssault, One Bill at a Time http://t.co/YNAZ5oAsTQ
Reporting sexual abuse in the military is "inherently unfair." Here's why. http://t.co/g4g6uTfkZa via @motherjones

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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