If you haven’t seen The Invisible War yet, you really should. It’s about the staggering number of women who have been sexually assaulted by their comrades while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It’s about how those sexual assaults are denied and ignored and explained away and how the women who report them are punished rather than the men who perpetrate them. It’s about what that experience will do to a woman: post traumatic stress disorder, suicidal tendencies, an overwhelmingly sense of betrayal.
Yesterday, the Academy Award nominations were announced, and I’m so pleased to say that The Invisible War is in the running for Best Documentary. It’s a crucial piece of film making, so powerful that within two days of watching it, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta decided to change the military’s policy for investigating sexual assault. And it’s really hard to watch. It’s brutal, at times. But if you can watch it, you should. It’s available on Netflix and for purchase on Youtube.