Some members attended this widely acclaimed documentary last year. If you missed it, here is your chance to attend a free screening!
(Anyone concerned with the issue of sexual assault in the military may also be interested in the recent drama series starring Jennifer Beals: "LAUREN")
THE INVISIBLE WAR at Resistance Cinema
3,192 sexual assaults in the military were reported in 2011.
Many more go unreported each year.
The connection between human trafficking and sexual violence against women should be obvious. The degree to which our culture tolerates or remains indifferent to this, is a stinging indictment of all who fail to oppose it.
This film exposes what may be the most egregious example of the War on Women: the epidemic of rape in the military by supposed comrades in arms, and the shameful coverup of this abuse. A female soldier in combat zones today is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire!
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Director: Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated; Twist of Faith).
The Invisible War is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about the shameful and underreported epidemic of rape within the US military. With stark clarity and escalating revelations, The Invisible War exposes the rape epidemic in the armed forces, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences. We meet characters who embraced their military service with pride and professionalism, only to have their idealism crushed.
Focusing on the emotionally charged stories of survivors, the film reveals the systemic cover-up of the crimes against them and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice.
The Invisible War features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officers and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm conditions that exist for rape in the military, its history of cover-up, and what can be done to bring about much needed change. Courtesy of Cinedigm Entertainment and Docurama Films.
Military Has Not Solved Problem of Sexual Assault, Women Say, NY Times, by James Risen, 11/02/12
Also: In 2011, Human Rights Watch documented rape during both wartime and peace time in Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, Turkey, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2006, a landmark United Nations report on global violence against women concluded that women and girls are at risk of rape from their partners, members of their families and communities, police officers, soldiers and other state officials. They experience sexual violence during war and political upheaval but also in societies with no conflict. Many women and girls who are raped receive no health care or other services they need to heal physical and psychological wounds. Impunity for sexual violence is rife and few women receive justice.
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