Female lawmakers applaud Oscar nod for ‘The Invisible War’

This article was originally posted by Alicia M. Cohn of The Hill on 01/10/13 01:42 PM ET

Several female Democrats were particularly interested in one Oscar contender announced on Thursday. 

The movie “The Invisible War” was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Documentary Feature, and Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) and Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.) took to Twitter to congratulate filmmakers on raising awareness on the subject of military rape.

Military sexual trauma (MST) is the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) term used to refer to rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment that occurred during military service.

Female lawmakers have been particularly concerned with pressing the military to address the frequency of sexual violence in the military. Tsongas, along with Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) and others, are interviewed in the film. The documentary points out that the number of rapes reported by military service members is twice that of the civilian population, and the number of incidents actually reported is likely around 10 percent of the total.

The film urges action to curb the high rate of sexual assault in the military and criticizes the military’s current attitude toward the problem.

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commented 2013-03-13 00:02:31 -0400
After seeing this documentary, we have two grown daughters, who if they said they would want to serve in the military we’d tell them NOT to join. Not because of serving, but how badly they would be treated in adverse times.
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