AAUW Screens Film on Rape in the Military

AAUW News:

See “The Invisible War,” a groundbreaking investigation into what Newsweek has called “the most underreported crime in America”: the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.  

The film will be shown in the Jeannette Wallace Hall (Bldg. 5) at UNM-LA by the Los Alamos branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW.)

The screening is a fundraiser for AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF.) Admission is $10 adults and $5 students. All proceeds will be donated to LAF.

AAUW is committed to improving the way the military deals with sexual assault by ensuring that victims receive adequate support for their cases.

The LAF currently supports three class-action suits that charge the Department of Defense and the military with creating a culture in which sexual assault is tolerated and people who report it face retaliation.

The Department of Defense estimates that 20 percent of women in the services have been sexually assaulted—and that 80 percent of such attacks are never reported.

Focusing on the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they reported their assaults, “The Invisible War” is a moving examination of the staggering personal and societal toll of these assaults.

Premiering at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the film won the esteemed Audience Award. It has been nominated for an Oscar as Best Documentary. Following its showing, there will be discussion of the film’s message and of efforts underway to bring about change in the way the military deals with sexual assault. 

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