Every awards season there is one film in the Documentary category that becomes a huge hit and is talked about for the rest of the year. In 2013 it is ‘The Invisible War‘. It’s about all the women who have been sexually assaulted by their comrades while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Shocked? We were too. In an institution so highly regarded and honored by Americans and world citizens everywhere, it is sad and disappointing that women who are fighting for the freedoms of their own country are secretly fighting their own personal battles with the very people deemed ‘comrades’.
It is reported throughout the movie that many of the cases of sexual assault against women are being rationalized, justified and covered up by the higher ranks. There are even examples of women who are punished themselves, as opposed to helped and protected. Well the film is now in the running to win an Academy Award in the ‘Best Documentary’ category, and if it wins could be a huge eye opener and game changer for women in military.
Perhaps the media attention is it getting will force the corrupt leaders to take responsibility and change these awful situations. It has already made leaders oblivious to these inconceivable situations to use their power for positive change. Within two days of watching the film, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta decided to change the military’s policy for investigating sexual assault. Bravo! This is the first step and a major victory to championing the unalienable rights of females fighting for America.
If you are a female considering joining the military or are currently enlisted, please take the time to watch The Invisible War and share it with as many people as you can. This is an important issue and we need to support our fellow women in an industry that is so highly fraught with politics and in some cases, sexism and negativity.
We salute you brave and courageous women for enduring not only harsh environments on your military assignments, but also all the BS you put up with from idiotic leaders and men who think it’s ok to put women down and take advantage of them. Shame on those few who mar all the hundreds and thousands who live their lives selflessly fighting for their nation’s freedom.
Military sexual assault, like any form of violence should not be tolerated anywhere.