It is estimated that up to 30% of women who serve in the U.S. Military have been raped by a fellow soldier
Only 8% of these rapes are reported (so we can assume that the numbers are much higher)
The Invisible War which investigates the causes of this epidemic and exposes it’s systemic cover up, will be premiering in competition at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20th followed by several screenings throughout the festival.
The goals of the film and campaign are to raise awareness of this issue and push for concrete changes that will significantly alter the way in which the military prosecutes and punishes sexual assaults. We want to better protect our service men and women and reduce the high incidence rates of this crime by (a) encouraging the military to provide a safer way to report (b) suggesting that the decision to advance in the prosecution of these crimes no longer be left to the discretion of the command and (c) encourage greater understanding and awareness of the devastating effects and symptoms of MST (military rape) as well as ways to treat it that do not involve (over) medication.
If you have information about non-profits you think are fantastic, legislative bills we should know about, MST survivor platforms, interesting blogs we should look at, twitter feeds, etc. Please let me know!
And stay in touch!