WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVEC) -- It's a disturbing problem that continues to confront the military: sexual assault in the ranks.
This week, a group of professors at the College of William and Mary Lewis B.Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic traveled to Washington to discuss the issue on Capitol Hill.
Specifically, they talked about the large number of males who experience "military sexual trauma."
In 2014, more than 60,000 male veterans reported to the VA that it had happened to them.
"We hear statistics that one percent of males experience military sexual trauma, compared to 20 percent of females in the military," said Elizabeth Tarloski, Visiting Professor of Practice. "But, when we look at how many males as compared to females are in the military, it's actually a really large number. So I think the percentages that are out there really don't speak to how large the scope of the problem is."
The professors also offered up numerous possible solutions, including a call for more gender-specific treatment options. Right now, most available treatments focus on female victims, making it uncomfortable for some men to participate.