Invisible War - In Theaters Today
June 22, 2012
The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military is now in select theaters across the country. Futures Without Violence is proud to partner with the film’s Director Kirby Dick, Producer Amy Ziering, and the many women and men in uniform who are determined to bring an end to the epidemic of sexual assault. To find a theater near you and to take action, visit our coalition site.
The facts are devastating. A woman serving in Iraq or Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow service member than to be killed in the line of fire. The Department of Defense estimates there were 22,800 violent sex crimes in the military in 2011. Twenty percent of all active-duty female soldiers are sexually assaulted, though, there is also a staggering number of male victims – one study concluded that 1% of men in the military, or 20,000 soldiers, were reportedly sexually assaulted in 2009.
The Invisible War is inspiring a national dialogue about sexual assault within the military and has already spurred a policy review at the Department of Defense. Two days after watching the movie, Secretary Leon Panetta announced new initiatives to prevent and respond to sexual assault in the armed forces. The initiatives are designed to create greater accountability of perpetrators, provide more supports to survivors, and establish more effective forms of prevention. While the initiatives are strong, much more needs to be done to ensure fair and just treatment of the cases and to bring about a permanent change in the culture that has allowed this scourge to perpetuate.
Futures Without Violence, a member of the Invisible No More coalition, stands firmly with the many women and men who have come forward to tell their stories. We welcome the attention that the Invisible War is bringing to this issue. We urge the Department of Defense to make this issue a true priority and to move swiftly to implement and institutionalize the meaningful changes in policy, practice, and responses that are so urgently needed.
To learn more about the movie and to take action, please visit Invisible No More. Together we are #NotInvisible!