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The Invisible War (2012) not only reveals to audiences the epidemic of sexual assault within the U.S. military, but explains why it is not being effectively dealt with. As stated within the film, “The Department of Defence has had a history of covering up sexual offence problems” – and after viewing this doc, one might add, with not much difficulty. The film reveals the alarming information that “One in four women have been sexually assaulted during their military service”.
The film focuses on a few victims’ lives and stories, and reveals what great efforts certain people and organizations within the armed forces will take to cover up any accusations. As the accounts of the assaults are given, as well as the negative responses to the crimes, there is a realization that there is indeed a war within the military itself, and with such a dismissive and ‘combative’ attitude toward its own ‘wounded’, the military itself, has become the enemy.
Since its release, specific actions and a long-term plan have been developed to try and prevent these violent crimes from occurring. Because of The Invisible War, the media and the American government now recognize and acknowledge that sexual assault in the military is an important issue that needs to be addressed. And because of this film in particular, the crime of rape within the U.S. military is no longer one of America’s best kept secrets.
Director: Kirby Dick
Memorable quote: “They let this man get away with everything but murder” – “Most Americans assume there is access to a system of justice… you’d see a guy get 5 years for drugs and 2 weeks for rape”.
The shocker: The way the victims were treated by the military after reporting a rape – some women were accused of adultery, lost rank or were even accused of “setting the men up”. One woman’s assaulter (her old supervisor), still remains in the military today.
Find out more information about The Invisible War and how to get involved here.
Read the Dry-humping, Two India’s and An Outrageous Cover-up review.