Culture of rape in the US Armed Forces – the invisible war becomes visible

“Seaman Kori Cioca (right), struggles to earn benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay for the many medical difficulties that have resulted from her rape,”  says the Wikipedia, continuing.

“With the help of attorney Susan Burke, Cioca brought a civil suit against the Department of Defense alleging a failure to adequately address sexual assault within the military.

“The film also recounts several current and past incidents of sexual abuse, such as the 1991 Navy Tailhook scandal, the 1996 Army Aberdeen scandal, and the 2003 Air Force Academy scandal, and argues that the military has consistently made empty promises to address its high rate of sexual assault.

“The survivors and advocates featured in the film call for changes to the way the military handles sexual assault, such as shifting prosecution away from unit commanders, who often are either friends with assailants or are assailants themselves.”

The Invisible War is a “groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of our country’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within our US military.

“Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire with the number of assaults in the last decade alone in the hundreds of thousands.

“Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of several young women, 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 officials 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.”~ Rotten Tomatoes

‘The invisible war’ beggars belief.


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