Women Veterans Have Special Concerns
The occurrence of sexual harassment, sexual assault/rape, and stalking has created special problems for female soldiers.
Reporting such incidents may be difficult. The soldier may worry that making a report will create division between herself and fellow soldiers in her unit. She may believe she has to tough it out and hope she doesn't suffer any terrible emotional consequences.
Sweeping the problems under the rug may be felt to be the best approach.
Should the trauma later result in depression, anxiety disorder, or a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), establishing service-connection can be very challenging.
In the absence of reports to senior officers or counselors or a medical clinic, we need to rely on external evidence like buddy statements - to reconstruct proof that there was an incident that occurred while she was in service.
This can be difficult years after the assault. If you have suffered an attack of this kind, keep in mind the need to "make a record" in case you need it in the future.