In 2015, Helen Benedict was a finalist for the U.K. Liberty Human Rights Arts Award for her play, “The Lonely Soldier Monologues," which was inspired by her non-fiction book of the same name and tells the stories of seven women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. 

Benedict won the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism in 2013 for her book The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq. 

In 2013, Benedict was also named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews, who deemed her a "A Listener to the Silenced." 

The Invisible War was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2012. The film was inspired by Benedict's book The Lonely Soldier. 

Benedict's book The Lonely Soldier inspired the 2010 lawsuit Cioca vs. Rumsfeld, wherein 27 soldiers brought a case against the Pentagon for harboring a culture of sexual violence in the military.

In 2010, Benedict won the EMMA (Exceptional Merit in Media Award) from the National Women's Political Caucus for her book The Lonely Soldier as well as her Ms. Magazine article, "The Scandal of Military Rape." 

Also in 2010, Benedict was awarded the Ken Book Award for The Lonely Soldier. 

In 2007, Benedict was awarded the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for her Salon article, "The Private War of Women Soldiers." 

Her 1993 book, Virgin or Vamp: How the Press Covers Sex Crimes, is widely taught in journalism and law schools and has helped to change the way several newspapers cover sexual assault, while her 1994 book, Recovery: How to Survive Sexual Assault, is used by rape crisis centers around the country. She has testified twice to Congress as an expert on sexual assault in the military.