The Invisible War

The Invisible War

Streaming Video - 2012
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From Oscar and Emmy-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. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem - today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. Twenty percent of all active-duty female servicewomen are sexually assaulted. Profoundly moving, the film follows the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they courageously came forward to report. Both a rallying cry for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who've been assaulted and a hopeful road map for change, THE INVISIBLE WAR is one of those rare films so powerful it has already helped change military policy.
Publisher: [United States] : New Video / Cinedigm : Made available through hoopla, 2012.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 93 min.)) : sd., col.
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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akirakato
Mar 07, 2017

This is an investigative documentary directed by Kirby Dick in 2012.
It shows a startling picture of the unbelievable epidemic of rape within the US military.
A female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.
The eye-opening film shows that 20% of all active-duty female soldiers are sexually assaulted.
The US Department of Defence considers it to be an occupational hazard.
Amazing!

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AQUILEA777
Oct 27, 2016

How our heroes in uniform treat female recruits away from the parade ground. For US military women, being raped without complaining is just part of the mission -- an occupational hazard, as one court said. If you're dumb enough to enlist, you bring it on yourself.
Don't report the rape: that would reflect on the Service. And it won't do any good: the rapist will be upheld, and YOU'LL be charged with making a false accusation.

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JackPurcell
Mar 31, 2015

When the daughter of a close friend graduated high school and wanted to join the marines her father and I, both veterans, knew what she'd be up against. We warned her as many ways as we could think of. So when she was raped by her platoon sergeant it came as no surprise. And when the military refused to do anything about it, that was really no surprise, either. Fact is, women who don't want to get raped shouldn't join the military. Just one of those unfortunate facts of life.

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SAPL454
Nov 01, 2013

To serve in the US Marines is both an honor and privilege for men and women. There should be utmost respect for every individual therein within military manoeuvres and ceremonies.

THUD55 May 29, 2013

this was a powerful and sad documentary about how some women were sexually abused while serving our country. these wrongs were compounded by the system in place in the military that does not know how to handle these crimes.
military justice is to justice as military music is to music.

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HellbillyHillhound
May 01, 2013

How bloody sad! SHAME!!!!!! I cried my eyes out. These women have more guts than any sitting politician. This isn't how to win wars. This only sets us all back decades. I will never be able to stand for the National Anthem ever again. Be sure to check out the Special Features; they have a retreat for these women at Whidby Island.

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lvon98
Apr 02, 2013

EXCELLENT documentary treated with the sensitivity the subject deserves.

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1mackie
Mar 04, 2013

"Our" military, "their" military... hmmm. When I thought about this, I remembered the women who've come forward to complain about the treatment they received from their male colleagues at "our" RCMP.

I figure it beggars belief that "our" male soldiers have a greater sense of cultural sensitivity, gender awareness (and plain old right and wrong) than "their" male soldiers. Just pure logic, given the fact all three of the organizations I'm speaking of belong to the same testosterone drenched school of thought. And anyone is likely to experience much the same thinking in all 3 arenas. There would be a difference in scope however, based on the relative size of each organization.

brontelit87 Dec 15, 2012

The stories of the victims in this documentary are very disturbing. It's worth watching, though. It's important to be aware of the problems in our military.

kparfitt Dec 12, 2012

Everyone should watch this, especially if you know a young woman who wants to go into the military. The treatment of these survivors is completely dishonorable and violates everything our military supposedly stands for today.

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