The Invisible War: There is strength in numbers
I’m on the email list for the folks who made the outstanding documentary, “The Invisible War,” a film about the crisis of sexual assaults within the U.S. military. I’m interviewed in the film because of my work covering the issue, primarily the series I coauthored at the Denver Post called “Betrayal in the Ranks.”
And right now, I’m hopeful, because it seems like this time, real change is going to happen, not just the empty promises we heard after our series ran. So please, read the email below from Invisible War director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering, and take a moment to be a part of this movement. There’s real momentum now–so don’t let it die.
Amy Herdy, Diary of a Predator
“On Monday, President Obama issued a statement declaring he was going to work to end the epidemic of sexual assaults within our Armed Forces. As you know, since our film premiered at Sundance in January, we have had several strategic screenings for key policymakers and legislators in Washington. In response to the resounding outcry that these viewings have provoked, we are honored and humbled that today the issue managed to get the attention of our Commander and Chief.
- Tweet this now: We applaud @BarackObama @whitehouse – stand up for truth & justice, change “Zero Tolerance” from rhetoric 2 reality. #Military #NotInvisible
- Share this link with five friends – encourage them to watch the trailer, Follow us on Twitter and use the #NotInvisible hashtag in Tweets, and join the conversation on Facebook: http://www.invisiblewarmovie.com/eflier/
- Pass this email on and ask friends and family to take action and tell the President that we applaud his statement, but will be here to keep holding the Administration accountable
- Tell people about the film and find a screening time in a city near you http://www.invisiblewarmovie.com/eflier/
I hope for improvement of morality.
Let me be clear. This is not about men or women being better. In fact, the Israeli’s have used all women units very effectively in the past. Also, this is not about peacetime operations. Because the same stresses are not present, a mixed unit can operate reasonably effective. This is about the combination of the sexes in a wartime environment.
In a wartime environment, zero accountability is a joke. If you are scared that you could be killed the next day, there is nothing that a government can do to enforce zero accountability. Individuals, especially commanders, can have a mighty impact, but not a total impact. The only solution is to permit segregation in the military. I know most people will not accept this solution, but again, I call upon history to be your judge and jury.
I love the military, but I will do everything possible to keep my daughter out of it. I will also do everything possible to help my son to not be a man who would take advantage of a woman. There are men and women who are part of the solution in the military. But in wartime, there is never enough of them to fight every battle.
I look forward to seeing the movie. When I was in the military, I fought strongly against rape and sexual discrimination and caused several individuals to be forced out. Maybe the movie makes this same point, but I seeing the posts here, I doubt it.