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The Invisible War

THE INVISIBLE WAR is a searing investigation into the cover-up of rape and sexual assault within the U.S. military that has helped change military policy.




Director: Kirby Dick
Year: 2012
Time: 93 min

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Share this film. Give others the chance to open their eyes and create change.

Visit Not Invisible, which provides many ways to raise awareness on military sexual assaults.

Become involved with Protect Our Defenders, a human rights organization that gives voice to men and women who have been raped or sexually assaulted while in uniform.

Contact your Congress official, demanding they become involved in the campaign to stop military sexual abuse, calling for an external judicial process in the event of such abuse.

Support the Soldiers Project, which offers free confidential therapy for veterans and their loved ones.

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Interview with THE INVISIBLE WAR filmmakers

“Three times we heard women say that they were single, raped by a married man and the women would be charged with adultery. The first time is appalling enough, but when you keep hearing the same thing it is enraging.”

Director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering tell The Nation what the military can do to prevent sexual assault.

“I Really Thought I Was the Only One”

Read this Q&A with Kori Cioca, a Coast Guard veteran and rape survivor, to learn what she thinks of the film and her life since its release.

Katie Couric: The Tragic Consequences of Military Sexual Assault

Producer Amy Ziering talks to Katie Couric, who devoted a special program just to military sexual assault.

When Soldiers Rape Soldiers

“‘In the military, when we’re functioning at our best — a band of brothers and sisters — we’re like a family,'” says Brigadier General Loree Sutton, a retired Army psychiatrist. “‘When that band of trust is violated, the wound penetrates to the very most inner part of one’s soul, one’s psyche.'”

Read more at TIME Magazine.


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Female Service Members Sue U.S. Military for Alleged Rape, Sexual Assault

CNN reports that “eight current and former U.S. service members filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging they were raped, sexually assaulted or harassed while serving in the military and were retaliated against once they reported the abuse.”

Democratic U.S. Representative Jackie Speier followed up with a CNN op-ed. “Victims deserve an impartial investigation and cases tried in a military court,” contends Speier.

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Navy Rape Survivor Asks Congress For Help

Trina McDonald petitioned to Senate about prosecuting military sexual assault. She discusses more with The Washington Post.

Why Military Sexual Assault Survivors Have Trouble Getting The Benefits They Deserve

Military sexual assault reports jumped in 2013, but applications for PTSD related to sexual trauma are likely to be denied. The Huffington Post gives more insight.

The Invisible War: Updates

Interested to know what’s happened since the film? In January 2014, PBS Independent Lens published an update with statistics about the film’s impact.

Also, be sure to visit Not Invisible, a movement inspired by the film to end sexual assault within the U.S. military and help survivors heal.


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