By Maggie Fox, Reuters
The study, presented at a meeting of the American Public Health Association in San Diego, raises many questions.
Kimerling said in a telephone interview the term "military sexual trauma " covers a range of events from coerced sex to outright rape or threatening and unwelcome sexual advances.
Kimerling said for her purposes it is not necessary to find out what kind of sexual trauma occurred. Her study also did not determine when it happened.
Most veterans who were affected were women, with more than one in seven women seeking health care services of some sort also reporting sexual trauma . Just under 1 percent of male veterans also reported military sexual trauma .