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THE INVISIBLE WAR ON PBS

 

On Monday, MAY 13th, we will start broadcasting THE INVISIBLE WAR on public TV stations across the US - working to raise awareness and shed light on one of the most shameful secrets of our time: rape within the military.

Providing public access to our film couldn’t come at a more necessary time.

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Last week, the Department of Defense released the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) annual report and it showed a significant spike – an increase of 34%. In 2012, over 26,000 service members were sexually assaulted. To add insult to injury, the report came out two days after an Air Force officer in charge of sexual assault prevention was himself arrested for sexual battery. Case in point.

See what one of our champions on the issue, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Lawrence O'Donnell said about the issue, the latest stats, and THE INVISIBLE WAR, by clicking here.

We invite you to watch the Oscar-nominated film that Washington credits with changing the conversation about sexual assault within the military. Tune in on Monday, 5/13 at 8:30pm PT / 10:30pm ET and join us for a Live Tweet using #NotInvisible during the show.

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commented 2013-12-15 05:57:40 -0500
I AM AFRICAN AMERICAN AND I AM IN THE MOVIE TWICE
commented 2013-12-15 00:09:00 -0500
If anyone wonders what RobinLynne LaFayette’s context it, my prior post was:

“I asked the producer why there are no African Americans’ stories included in the film, since for the past 2 generations they have comprised 25% of our military.

She said that she ‘tried.’

I really think sexual abuse in the military is too big a problem to just ‘try.’ I have two African American friends who were so treated."
commented 2013-12-14 19:09:44 -0500
@david MOORE, MY NAME IS ROBINLYNNE I AM AFRICAN AMERICAN AND I AM IN THE MOVIE TWICE, AND MANY OF THE WOMEN FILMED WERE NOT IN THE FINAL CUT. HOWEVER KIRBY DID A PERFECT OF JOB OF CAPTURING THE OVERALL STORY OF PTSD, AND ITS COMMON AMNG THE RACES REALLY, AS 100% OF PEOPLE ENLISTING IN THE ARMED FORCES WILL EXPERIENCE MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA, EITHER AS A VICTIM, PERPRETRATOR, WITNESS, OR CAREGIVER! 100 PERCENT!!! IN THE 30 YEARS I HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THIS. AND WHILE I AM VERY HAPPY THAT THIS MOVIE HAS GAINED US SO MUCH PROGRESS IN THIS FIGHT, I DO REGRET BRINGING MY STORY TO THE PUBLIC. IN THE SUCCESS OF THE MOVIE, WE KIND OF GOT KICKED TO THE CURB, EXCEPT FOR THE PEOPLE IN CONGRESS AND THE MANY SUPPORTERS IN THE FIGHT, BUT THE MOVIE TOOK ON A LIFE OF ITS OWN, AND I AM ONCE AGAIN BACK TO LIVING AS A RECLUSE, AND HOUSEBOUND, SO PLEASE REMEMBER, WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO, AND THAT THERE ARE STILL RIGHT THIS MINUTES MEN AND WOMEN IN OUR ARMED FORCES BEING SEXUALLY ASSUALTED EVEN RIGHT NOW. THANKS DAVID FOR POINTING OUT THE OBVIOUS THO, MINORITES ARE UNDER REPRESENTED, BUT THATS A WHOLE OTHER MATTER.. THANKS EVERYONE WHO UNDERSTANDS AND NOW SUPPORTS US,,, BE KIND ESPECIALLY KIND TO THE VETERAN, I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AFTER BEING RAPED AT 17 IN THE AIR FORCE AND I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO WILL NEVER BE THE SAME,,,
commented 2013-06-04 15:30:35 -0400
The military brass doesn’t get it. I could not report my commander, who I had to salute. I hated the military, when it happened to me again, as a civil service employee, with a military supervisor at BAMC. This time I fought back, for a year with reprisal & had to work in a hostile environment, thank God I had the union representing me, but they made my life miserable. It affected me, my family, I had to walk away. I even reported it to the Surgeon General, but he let me down. We need to take the reporting out of the chain of command. I would not recommend any female to serve in the military, until this is changed. This damages your life & the good ole boys club, doesn’t care.
commented 2013-06-04 14:23:59 -0400
It wasn’t until about 10 years later that I even knew it was rape. I had to come to terms with; it wasn’t my fault and it wasn’t because I was flirting with a higher ranking soldier. Sad because it tarnished my good memories from serving. And yes, Merri, I have triggers too. It is a fear/panic you can’t shake.
commented 2013-05-15 06:03:35 -0400
I watched the documentary.
I think it was done greatly.
I might should have watched it with someone with me, many triggers…. which is ok.
I know that I could not report, as it was a NIS agent who was the perp in my case.
The documentary was helpful to me.
My kidnap/rapes happened in 79 and still today I feel the impact, I suppose it won’t go away.
A therapist asked me the other day why I don’t prosecute the perp. People just don’t understand.
commented 2013-05-15 04:10:27 -0400
I watched the documentary tonight and it described everything I have felt and gone through regarding my rape and how it was handled by the Air Force. I know these women, because I am them. Something has to be done to change the policies and procedures for how rape is reported, investigated, and how survivors (victims) are treated. The film was beautifully done.
commented 2013-05-14 14:59:31 -0400
Charlie Pace: Don’t tug on Superwoman’s cape: Liz wrote bill for citizen borrowing from .FED@ bankster rate of less than 1%. Ron & Rand Paul been crying about the Federal Reserve for years. Don’t send a man to do a Woman’s job!
commented 2013-05-14 00:12:07 -0400
I just finished working for a branch of the military (for about 10 months in healthcare). I attended 2 different mandatory orientations with the military head of the huge hospital facility. Both times when discussing “the problem of sexual assault in the military” this man said: “the aggressors didn’t get the word (not to rape)” and “we need to educate the victims to stay out of harm’s way”. I was flabbergasted but even more-so later when I reported what I’d heard to (mostly female) colleagues—no one got my point that this is victim blaming. No one was outraged—at least no one expressed being outraged in my presence. They did not get it. And these were social workers and psychologists. This is an insidious problem that needs the light of this film and these brave woman who tell their own stories in spite of the power of the ‘brass’ and their antiquated, patriarchal views.
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commented 2013-05-13 20:23:44 -0400
So, much repression in this world, at all levels including and starting at home… When will the rape, sodomy, and molestation stop, of the children, by fathers, step-father, uncles, mothers, grandmothers, priest, scott leaders, therapist…. the list goes on… STOP the ABUSE..
commented 2013-05-13 20:09:02 -0400
Can this be played in Australia please?
commented 2013-05-13 18:25:27 -0400
I think it so awful that women try to serve their country and then get assaulted! Things need to change now.
commented 2013-05-13 16:14:24 -0400
If you love a veteran, this is a must see. We have to keep the pressure on.
commented 2013-05-13 15:26:53 -0400
I will be watching. We must support one another. Wrong is wrong!
commented 2013-05-13 15:08:44 -0400
Universal Movement of Consciousness
by Edson Udson (all rights reserved)

A great movement for peace, love and freedom around of the world, but to obtain results and do solve problems as poverty, abuses and violence is necessary “union” and “good will” translated in a simple word…“love”. Respecting and preserving the nature or combating differences as racism, sexuality or culture and accepting any kind of love, no discriminating anyone in anywhere for anything. I believe it be possible…because love, respect and freedom are all of good.

for worldwide children
followed this page 2013-05-13 14:50:02 -0400
commented 2013-05-13 14:44:25 -0400
Outstanding film. Everyone should view this at least once.
commented 2013-05-13 13:36:10 -0400
It is hsowing up on my TV schedule in SE Kentucky under KET’s schedule. Will definitely be watching and alerting people.
commented 2013-05-13 13:28:27 -0400
I have shared this with my friends and family through verbal now I am looking forward to sharing it visually. Together we can make a difference.
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