ASOP Tour

Jillian Bullock is launching an empowerment tour beginning April 2017 during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and ending on Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, in conjunction with her upcoming movie “A Sense of Purpose: Fighting For Our Lives,” which deals with veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder and military sexual assault.

 Jillian, the writer, director and producer of the movie, will tour the country to conduct speeches, which includes the following:

 

SPEAKING TOPICS

• Sexual assault and rape

• Military sexual trauma

• Mental illness and depression

• Post-traumatic stress disorder

• How sexual assault and rape in the military affects millions of veterans and men and women who currently serve

• Recovery and coping skills to live a productive and fulfilling life

SPEAKER

Jillian will also share her story of how she coped with PTSD after she was raped by a family member when she was eleven. How her life spiraled out of control where she found herself homeless, addicted to drugs and involved in prostitution at age fifteen. What steps she took to transform her life from a Victim to a Victor, and how as a certified life professional coach, she helps others, especially girls and women, strive and thrive.

After a segment of the movie “A Sense of Purpose: Fighting For Our Lives” is shown to those in attendance, Jillian will conduct a Q&A.

 

To book Jillian for your corporation, business, non-profit organization, church, college, or event, click here.

Q&A

After a segment of the movie “A Sense of Purpose: Fighting For Our Lives” is shown to those in attendance, Jillian will conduct a Q&A.

 

To book Jillian for your corporation, business, non-profit organization, church, college, or event, click here.

Why The ASOP Tour Is Important?

It is estimated that 2.4 million Americans, males and females, have served on the front lines in Iraq or Afghanistan over the past 10 years or so. Many of these men and women return home with no physical disabilities so people assume they are the "lucky" ones. However, inside their minds they are fighting a different kind of war still going on as they deal with witnessing traumatic events and death all around them or being the victim of military sexual assault.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event, e.g. combat, sexual assault, natural disaster, terrorist attack, etc. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. This can lead to depression, alcohol and drug abuse, violent outbursts, homelessness, inability to hold down a job, withdrawal, and much more.

 

It’s estimated that 22 American military veterans die by suicide every day. That’s nearly one every hour, of every day, of every week, of every month. That’s over 8,000 veterans every year.

Men

Men go off to battle and get trained in how to become a killing machine. Not only are they up close and personal with the mentality of “kill or be killed,” but they suffer greatly from seeing so much death all around them on a constant basis. It’s especially difficult when one of the men in their unit has been killed by firefight or witnessing an IED blast blow up children. Even women, who may not be soldiers, often have roles as medics or military police, or other jobs, which still puts them front and center to see the effects of war and all the ugliness that goes with it.

 

Once they come home many have a difficult time shutting off that aggression, the nightmares, looking over their shoulder for “the enemy,” the guilt from surviving when friends have died, which leads them to drinking, using drugs and getting into fights or taking out that aggression on their spouses, loved ones, children, employees or complete strangers.

Leon Panetta, the former defense secretary, called the suicide rate among service members an epidemic.

Women

Many military women face an even greater problem, having been the victim of sexual assault by men in their own unit. In fact, according to U.S. military facts women are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by the enemy in Iraq or Afghanistan. One out of three women who serve in the military will be sexually assaulted or raped. This means women must deal with Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when they return home. What makes the healing process even more difficult is the fact that more than 90 percent of alleged rapists aren’t found guilty because the judicial process is handled by military commanders.

 

The Department of Defense estimated that 26,000 incidents of sexual assault occurred last year in the military, up from 19,000 in 2011. But that number is actually higher as many incidents go unreported (80%) due to women feeling pressure or fear of being singled out, shunned, losing their rank, negative responses from their unit or superior officers or retaliation. The latest Pentagon survey found that 62 percent of women who reported being sexually assaulted experienced retaliation.

 

Considering more than 282,000 American women have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan during a decade of war, according to Pentagon figures, even President Obama had to address the severity of this problem in the United States Armed Forces.

President Obama stated: “This type of crime has no place in the greatest military on earth.”

More Facts

● There are an estimated 23.4 million veterans in the United States.

● 57,849 veterans are homeless on a single given night.

● 311,688 veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan were coded with PTSD.

● 22 veterans die from suicide each day.

● There were an estimated 140,000 veterans held in state and federal prisons.

● Cumulative lengths of deployments are associated with more emotional difficulties among military children and more mental health diagnoses among military spouses.

● $8,300 is the average cost for first year of treatment for a recent veteran with PTSD.

● 85.9 million dollars spent treating recent veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder during first year of diagnosis.

● On average, 1 in 5 active duty service members attempt suicide each day.

● Military veterans account for 20% of all U.S suicides.

● Women are not always trained for combat. Yet they often take part in stressful and dangerous combat or combatsupport missions where they find themselves receiving hostile fire and returning fire.

● Women are twice as likely as men to develop posttraumatic stress disorder.

● Half of military veterans suffer from mental illness; twothirds suffer from substance abuse problems; and many from dual diagnosis (which is defined as a person struggling with both mental illness and a substance abuse problem).

● Veterans have low marriage rates and high divorce rates.

● Approximately 45% of the 1.6 million veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are seeking disability compensation. The average wait to get a disability claim processed is now eight months.

● Children of deployed military parents more at risk for alcohol, drug use.

● Children often struggle to adjust when a deployed parent returns home who is not only wounded physically, but also wounded mentally.

● These problems affect about 1.8 million military children.

● Every four hours a sexual assault or rape is reported in the United States Military.

● A military survey indicated that there were 26,000 cases of unwanted sexual contact in one year; only 3,300 were reported.

● Today, a woman serving in Iraq or Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow service member than to be killed in the line of fire .

Sources

2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress – conducted on a single night in January 2013

Report on VA Facility Specific Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn veterans diagnosed with Potential or Provisional PTSD Released March 2014

Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guideline for Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk for Suicide – June 2013

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

PTSD Foundation of America

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VA.gov/health/NewsFeatures/2013/April/PTSD-Study-Men-Versus-Women

DVNF.org veteran-homelessness

Now.uiowa.edu/2013/03/children-deployed-military-parents-more-risk-alcohol-drug-use

http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/uspc2013/children-deployed-military-parents

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