The documentary “The Invisible War” should be mandatory viewing for everyone currently living in the United States of voting age. “The Invisible War” talks about sexual assault in the U.S Military and the system that protects rapists and punishes victims. This documentary is disturbing it is heartbreaking it is disgusting. It is by far one of the most important documentaries that any American can see. This is happening to people that serve our country. This is happening to men and women who are willing to give their life for our freedom and we’re not protecting them.
Let me share a few facts from this documentary:
• Over 20% of female veterans are raped while serving.
• 47% of homeless female veterans have been raped while serving.
• 25% of servicewomen don’t report their rape because the person they would report it to is their rapist.
• Women who have been raped in the military have a PTSD rate higher than men that served in combat.
• The Army Criminal Investigation Division is told to treat victims like criminals and told to interrogate until you “got the truth out of her”.
• Air Force Security Police says rape cases were only given to men not women they were told women were too sympathetic and couldn’t see what was really going on because woman always take a woman’s side.
• 200,000 women in the military reported being sexually assaulted in 1991.
• 15% of incoming recruits have attempted or committed rape BEFORE entering the military.
• According to the Department of Defense 3,230 women and men reported assault 2009 the DOD admits that 80% of assault survivors do not report because of retaliation.
• Single women who report rape, if their rapist is married, will be charged with adultery.
• 1% of males had been victims of sexual assault in the last year that equals 20,000 men.
• In units where sexual harassment is tolerated rape rates triple.
• Most rapists in the military are heterosexual males.
• According to the DOD 3,223 active members reported being sexually assaulted, out of those only 175 did jail time in 2010.
• Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office campaign slogan is “Don’t risk it…ask her when she’s sober”.
• In 2008 the Department of Defense instructed the Director of SAPRO to not testify before congress.
• The final decision in sexual assault cases in the military lies with Command. Not with legally trained experts.
• AN assailant was awarded the Air Force ‘Airman of the Year’ award during his victims rape investigation.
This documentary focuses on the fact that once a victim is raped they are raped again by the system. Watching this documentary I was blown …
… away by the brutality of these attacks. One woman was prescribed 20+ anti-depressants and anti-anxiety bottles within a two to three month period; the combination of her medications is deadly. During her rape she was hit so hard in the face that a doctor asked if she had been in a car accident, she needs a partial bone replacement on her jaw, lives on a soft food diet and can’t play outside with her baby when it’s cold, all of her claims through the V.A to fix her injuries were denied. Another victim was a virgin; her rape was so violent that the main nerve in her spine was pinched in three places and her hips were rotated. It took a year for an investigation, there were three investigators on her case, and by that I mean it was passed off three times. She was told they lost her rape kit, pictures, and nurse report. When she called NCIS headquarters they told her they had all the evidence but since the case was closed so nothing could be done. One active duty service woman was raped three times, her rapist bragged to his friends and when the Major found out he charged her with fraternizing and adultery. She wasn’t married her rapist was. Yet another victim was attacked after a mandatory drinking event. She was told to come back to her supervisor’s office to discuss something when he tried to kiss her she pushed him away and tried to leave, he slammed her arms in the door she fell and hit her head and woke up wearing only his shorts. An investigation began the next day, was closed three days later with no action taken. Two days later the Commander opened his own investigation against her, she was charged with conduct unbecoming of an officer and public intoxication. Her assailant was promoted to lieutenant colonel.
If that doesn’t turn your stomach here are some quotes said to victims:
After the rapist ran his hands all over her body he told her, “I own all of this.”
When a Staff Sargent brought in a girl who was “brutally raped” the person yelled at her for crying and told her to “stop crying over spilled milk”.
Another Commander told a rape victim: “Do you think this is funny? Is this all a joke? You’re the third girl to report rape this week. Are you all in cahoots? Do you think this is a game?”
“Female marines here are nothing but objects for the marines here to fuck” this was said at the most prestigious station for the Marines located less than a mile away from the White House. The same woman who was told this was deemed to “welcome the sexual advances” because she wore her regulation uniform skirt and ran in running shorts. Two officers raped her after a mandatory pub crawl paid for by the Marines. Her assailant was court martialed and found guilty of adultery and indecent language.
I am blown away by this. I am angry. I am frustrated but mostly I am inspired to do something about it. After reading this review I hope you will watch this life changing documentary. Go to http://www.notinvisible.org and pledge your support and do something to stop this epidemic from continuing. No one should suffer this kind of torture. No one has the right to rape. Stand up and fight for those that stand up and fight for you every single day.