The Invisible War (2012)

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An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Ziering ...
Herself - Interviewer
Himself - Interviewer
Herself - US Coast Guard
Herself - US Air Force
Robin Lynne Lafayette ...
Herself - US Air Force
Ariana Klay ...
Herself - US Marine Corps (as Lieutenant Ariana Klay)
Trina McDonald ...
Herself - US Navy
Herself - US Marine Corps (as Lieutenant Elle Helmer)
Herself - US Navy
Rob McDonald ...
Himself - Kori's Husband, US Coast Guard
Robin Khale ...
Herself - US Marine Corps
Ayana Defour ...
Herself - US Army
Christina Jones ...
Herself - US Army
Debra Dickerson ...
Herself - US Air Force (as Ret. Captain Debra Dickerson)
Regina Vasquez ...
Herself - US Marine Corps


An investigative and powerfully emotional documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military, the institutions that perpetuate and cover up its existence, and its profound personal and social consequences. Written by Anonymous

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A rare example of a film actually influencing government/military policy, end credits state that "On April 14.2012, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, watched this film. Two days later, he took the decision to prosecute away from unit commanders." However, it was noted that "this is not enough." The preceding is a true statement, but can be misleading. Military Commanders still hold prosecutorial discretion, but they can no longer be in the unit where the alleged misconduct had taken place. An "outside, higher ranking colonel" would now hold prosecutorial discretion. See more »


Herself - US Coast Guard: Thank you for your sacrifice, in whatever shape it may come with serving. God Bless.
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Breaking The Hypnotic Trance To Keep The Abuse A Secret!
23 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Speak up.. speak up... speak up. The only one you will scare away is your future x husband" and our future x military service! (Reviving Ophelia)

Three cheers for the sexual assault survivors who are speaking up both in this documentary and in their lawsuit.

Yes it really did happen!!

It is a criminal justice issue and a human rights issue!

Sexually abused individuals often go into a hypnotic trance to keep the abuse a secret and know what it feels like to be in the perpetrators shoes.

Breaking the silence, is breaking the trance that perpetuates the cycle of abuse!

As a therapist with some experience working at the rape crisis center, I was horrified just observing the affect of the patriarchal woman in charge of the sexual assault prevention program. All she could talk about was the buddy program as if this would stop predators stalking their prey?

One rape survivor was blamed "what can you expect for walking down a hallway alone with a bunch of drunken soldiers in each room".

The military must attract extreme narcissists and alcoholics who are so cut off from their own feelings that they do not honor others.

I pray that the survivors will have a successful appeal and the military will be held accountable for these injustices!

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