Moral injury (MI) has long been an emotional and psychological wound carried by military servicemembers in response to their experiences during war or active duty. Since the conception of moral injury in the late 20th century, dedication toward researching the topic has increased to provide better psychological treatment to veterans and active-duty military. As a result of an increased understanding of MI, researchers have begun to explore the application of MI models to civilian experiences and traumas. This paper seeks to join the conversation through exploring the occurrence of moral injury throughout a unique state of sexual distress labeled by Stringer as “sexual brokenness.” In this state of brokenness, this paper hypothesizes that individuals who have experienced sexual traumas, perpetrated sex crimes, or participated in personally distressing sexual behavior are at-risk for developing and experiencing the signs and symptoms of moral injury. Through exploring current research, this paper argues in support of the hypothesis and suggests how the application of current MI models can benefit these individuals. The paper concludes through advocating for further research in this area of human sexuality.
Close, Vanessa M., "Moral Injury in Sexual Brokenness: Using Military Models of MI to Address Civilian Issues" (2021). Theology Undergraduate Work. 6.