WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal employees who have been victims of sexual assault will no longer have to disclose that they sought mental health support following an attack when they fill out security clearance applications.
Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper issued new guidance Friday saying the change is important to encourage victims to seek counseling or mental health services. Victims may have been reluctant in the past to seek help for fear they would have to acknowledge it on their security form and risk being turned down for clearance needed to access classified information.
Anu Bhagwati, head of the Service Women's Action Network, called the change a major victory. She said calls to the group's helpline suggest that fears of answering the counseling question kept people from seeking mental health services.
Is Titanium Bulletproof?
GOP debate open thread: Republicans just love South Carolina… at least for this week
The Craziest GOP Debate of The Cycle: Trump Defends Planned Parenthood, Cruz and Rubio Spar, Audience Boos
Top 10 Reagan Achievements | Human Events
Mike Shedlock - Obama Signs Bill that Kills Bill of Rights
Saturday night's #GOPDebate brought to you by the word 'liar'
Winners and Losers from Tonight’s CBS GOP Debate | RedState