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Casualties of war rage beyond the battlefield. As ranks of women in the American military swell, so do incidents of rape. An estimated 30 percent of servicewomen and at least 1 percent of servicemen are sexually assaulted during their enlistment—not by the enemy, but at the hands of fellow soldiers. With stark clarity and escalating revelations, THE INVISIBLE WAR exposes a rape epidemic in the US Armed Forces, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences.
We meet characters who embraced their service with pride and professionalism, only to have their idealism crushed. Their chilling stories of violent sexual assault become even more rattling as they seek justice in a Kafkaesque military legal system. As a courageous few defy victimhood, they face their most challenging fight yet: penetrating a closed circuit where officers collude, cases are routinely swept under the rug, and few perpetrators are tried or convicted.
Kirby Dick is an Emmy- and Oscar–nominated documentary director whose films often focus on how society's attitudes towards violence and sexuality impact individuals. His films include TWIST OF FAITH (2004), THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED (2006), DERRIDA (2002), CHAIN CAMERA (2001), and THE LIFE & DEATH OF BOB FLANAGAN, SUPERMASOCHIST (1997).