Their stories are all incredibly similar: they come to proudly serve their country, work hard to prove they can work alongside the guys, form a strong bond of trust with their teammates, and quickly learn just how little that trust means to a few predatory men. There are some very emotional and horrifying testimonies of what these people had to go through. This is one of those documentaries that you hope produce immediate change and hopefully the government will begin taking action. Given the gravity of the concealed epidemic and the potential to raise the issue in Congress, the filmmakers decided to make the film with or without outside funding. However, the doc does an effective job with the stories of women who accused but rarely gained a conviction. The high rate of sexual assault within the military is not surprising, given the culture of hyper-masculinity necessitated for war.
Kirby Dick's The Invisible War is a film that will have an unprecedented impact on many of its viewers. So, overall I would say this is a rental for general consumers, but maybe something to own for educational purposes. Although some of these interviews have the desired impact, an onslaught of them for three quarters of the movie borders on the aggressive and exploitative. In addition to the lack of press on the issue, there were hardly any books or other types of publications that addressed the subject. The film consists of interviews of victims of sexual assault with cases going back to the 1960's up to the present day. They each share how excited they were to enter the military and serve their country, but what began with such high idealism ended up being a nightmare. This coming together is asking for trouble similar to letting to teen-age kids date alone.
Many of the victims state that the pain the went through with the assault was nothing compared to the hell that they went through in their attempts to seek justice, proper medical and psychological care for their trauma, and to return to some sort of normalcy in their lives. The Invisible War exposes the epidemic, breaking open one of the most under-reported stories of our generation, to the nation and the world. To also see the corruption and lengths to cover up and distract from the truth — such as unintentionally hilarious commercials advising about assault in the army — is practically infuriating. This is activist filmmaking at its best. But, rather than it be a whale which was the subject to abuse, this film deals with Military culture and how both men and women are raped and have no means or method to see their case lead to justice.
One even states how that the punishment for rape is so lenient and miniscule that a person who has done drugs and is caught can be suspended for years, but a person who has raped another individual can be suspended for just a few weeks. Despite these challenges, in the end, the participants were happy that they shared their experiences; not only would their disclosure help others in the future, but it also served as a form of therapy and enabled their spouses to better understand what they were going through after seeing their stories portrayed in the larger context of the film. One question that Dick asked to his interviewees was, would they allow there daughter to join the military. The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 19,000 violent sex crimes in the military in 2010. The main victims in the film are the ones that I believed the most because they seemed very shaken by the act. It has been instrumental in focusing a national spotlight on a shocking issue that affects one in three returning female veterans.
Peace, Tex Shelters I am writing this review two days before Veteran's Day on purpose, not out of sheer, fortunate coincidence. She was also hit in the face so hard that her jaw was broken. Please let us know how we can serve you. Whitley and Major Hertog's views are just prolonging the issue and blaming the victim. I mention this because it's possible to tell the story of rape and sexual assault in the military and get it wrong. Statistics show that 20% of women in the military have been raped, the second they are part of the military, their chances of rape increases by two, and the most terrifying statistic of all; 15% of recruits entering the military have raped someone before. For those interested in more information about this documentary you can visit their website Notinvisible.
As one of the founders of the U. Winner of an Emmy and nominated for an Academy Award, this documentary deserves more attention. This documentary hammers home both statistically and in practice how frustrating the process can be, sometimes leading to suicide. These people are serving our country and they should feel safe in the military and feel comfortable allowing their children to join the military. The testimony by the victims and their friends and family members is gut wrenching. There were Black women, White women, Hispanic women, and in terms of men there was less diversity, but it was nice to see them accounted for. It's not like this is the first film to deal with women getting raped and people turning away when it comes time to report it.
You are so familiar with the material and close to the subjects that you lose the perspective of an audience member. Given the thousands of allegations, that number seems too small. I would also recommend it to people who are thinking of joining the military. The directors present a difficult topic in a manner that is engaging but not overwhelming. Which also was one issue I had. Also i felt sorry for her because of how her story seemed too detail to be untrue which made me really want that person responsible for her assault to get charged somehow. The subject matter for The Invisible War, in some ways, shares some similarities with Blackfish in the sense that something preventable was ignored and covered up.
Kirby Dick makes for a strong interviewer, nailing his topics, letting the victims speak their mind, and leaving the guilty parties shaking in their boots, trying and failing miserably to lie through their teeth. All she could talk about was the buddy program as if this would stop predators stalking their prey? It looks instead at a much more toxic environment with massively inflated numbers of sexual abuse victims: the United States military. There are always two sides to every story I always say and this film presents us with the victim side of the story which most of the time is never believed and in some of these cases the accusation should almost be believed but is not. There is just too much compliance and covering up going on. Kori shares her testimony of how she was abused and raped. I would highly recommend anyone that interested in the armed services, both male and female, should watch this movie. Emotions will be put to a workout.
All three agreed that the film changed their perceptions of the current Zero Tolerance program conducted by DoD and that the film should be seen by more service members. These men and women entered to honorably serve and were driven out by a system that believes it's more important to protect one's own usually meaning an officer rather than support their troops. A very tough movie, aside from the increasingly traumatic, revelations of misconduct, the subsequent cover-ups and the quasi-normalised nature of such events, Dick shouts the issue at us with continuous factoid title cards and harrowed talking head interviews with victims of rape and abuse, their families, and blind-sited state officials. Thank you for this fine reporting of a most delicate subject matter. I was a male rape counselor for two years for a city in California.