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Free Public Screening/Panel Discussion of the Award Winning Documentary of THE INVISIBLE WAR

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Free Public Screening and Panel/Audience Discussion of the Award-winning Investigative Documentary:
THE INVISIBLE WAR, Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military: Our Service Men’s & Women’s Stories
September 13, 2012, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Avenue, Portland ME

Documentary run time is 1 hour & 40 minutes; Sexual assault resources and other handouts available.
From Oscar(R)- and Emmy(R)-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated; Twist of Faith) comes The INVISIBLE WAR, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. A staggering 19,000+ male and female service members are estimated to have been assaulted in 2010 alone. And the number of military sexual assaults in the last decade is believed to be in the hundreds of thousands. Near equal numbers of men and women screen positive for military sexual trauma.

Tracing the powerfully emotional stories of several male and female veterans, the film reveals the systemic cover-up of the crimes they have suffered and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and careers. Featuring hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress including Maine Congressional Representative Chellie Pingree. THE INVISIBLE WAR urges us all—civilian and service member alike—to fight for a system that no longer forces our military to choose between speaking up and serving our country. Then a video-taped statement from Maine Senator Susan Collins is presented.

Lt. Colonel Terry Moore USAF (Ret) will discuss the film and open a discussion with the panel/audience. THE INVISIBLE WAR’s campaign to tell survivors of military sexual trauma that they are not invisible—and to urge civilians, veterans and active-duty military across the country to hold the U.S. military to account for creating responsible, comprehensive and just policies for preventing and prosecuting rape and sexual violence among service members.
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