I just watched The Invisible War and I am ANGRY.
This documentary highlights the insane amounts of sexual assault and rape in the military, whose victims not only include women, but men also. There has been scandal after public scandal that temporarily calls the DOD to action, yet nothing truly has been solved. Throughout the entire film, former military service members (mostly women) recall the advice and treatment they received upon reporting their rape by fellow officers. Time and time again they’re told to forget about it, that nothing can be done, and they were asking for it. All of the action committees in the past have focused (naively) on preventing and responding to sexual assault, yet completely disregard the notion of punishing and apprehending the individuals who commit the rapes. And preventing violent individuals from enlisting. But that would be too easy, wouldn’t it??!
Uuuuuuuuugh, I realize this isn’t a new hot issue, but something that has been going on throughout the entire history of the US armed forces, too. I know I’ve been aware of it for some time. But watching this documentary made me understand the culture of the military a little bit better and see what an intense violation of trust (which is an amazing understatement) these women and men endure. They are expected to put their lives in the hands of these brothers in combat, yet they fear sleeping with their door unlocked in their room at their own base camp.
This kind of information keeps me up at night. I want to be an advocate for social change in the military and force people to see the incredible injustice done to our country’s most honorable women and men. If you can, go to notinvisible.org and sign the petition to help protect survivors of military sexual assault.
I’m going to try to sleep now. Farewell my friends.