women in the military

The Invisible War – On Women

Yesterday, our colleagues at the Blog of Rights posted on the issue of sexual violence in the US military--a problem that’s all but invisible to civilians. The numbers are positively grim, and the problem doesn’t seem to be going away.

From the post: “While it is estimated that over 19,000 sexual assaults occurred in the military in 2010, a rate far higher than among civilians, the government has failed systematically to investigate complaints, appropriately punish perpetrators, and treat trauma and other health conditions suffered by survivors. The profound personal and social consequences that arise from the government’s systemic failures are powerfully profiled in the new film, The Invisible War. Turning a blind eye to these crimes has allowed them to continue, imperiling the lives of victims and degrading their service.”

They’ve posted a powerful trailer for the film, which is a Sundance-screened documentary that tackles the problem head-on, interviewing female service members who are survivors from this “invisible” battlefield. It’s impossible to watch without getting upset--and that is the idea.

We’re searching for answers. American women shouldn’t have to put themselves at peril--at the hands of their fellow soldiers--in order to serve their country.

Read more at the Blog of Rights.