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The Invisible War

Fighting the 'Invisible War'

Rep. Mike Turner | Posted 04.03.2013 | World
Rep. Mike Turner

Sexual assault in the military is a critical issue that strikes at the heart of force readiness, morale, and significantly erodes trust between servicemembers. The pervasiveness of the problem and the systematic burden placed on the victims is alarming.

The Invisible War: Being the Husband of a Military Sexual Trauma Survivor

Robert McDonald | Posted 04.03.2013 | World
Robert McDonald

It is hard to be a Military Sexual Trauma spouse -- not hard to be with a survivor, but hard because at times I feel so helpless to the trauma.

5 Must-See Indie Films This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 04.03.2013 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

Since this is Academy Award month, I've decided to focus on Oscar-nominated documentaries, with one ringer to lighten the tone of these mostly-serious films. However, I can't let the moment pass without putting in a good word for a film that went all but unnoticed in theaters last fall.

Can We Break the Cycle of Military Sexual Violence Scandals?

Holly Kearl | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
Holly Kearl

In the 22 years since the Tailhook scandal, we have witnessed a cycle: scandals of sexual violence within the military, the revelation of abuse of power, and then congressional hearings during which the military promises to do better. Rinse and repeat. Our military members deserve better.

Can Transcendental Meditation Help Military Rape Victims?

Britten Chroman | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
Britten Chroman

Those veterans returned home to a bleak landscape of flashbacks of rape, post-traumatic stress, and displacement. These are brave, courageous people, survivors of military sexual assault, and I am committed to helping them rebuild their lives.

Military Sexual Assault: The Time to Address This Shameful Legacy Is Now

Lauren Hersh | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
Lauren Hersh

While sexual violence in the U.S. military is not a new problem, the widespread media coverage, growing awareness and sense of urgency to stem this epidemic gives us hope that now is the time to end this human rights abuse.

Creating a Culture of Change in the Fight Against Military Rape

Rachel Tardiff | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
Rachel Tardiff

Some have pointed to "the rape issue" as a reason to maintain the ban on female combat service. But ending rape in the military and integrating women into combat roles are far from mutually exclusive.

Military Women Deserve VAWA Protection

Rachel Natelson | Posted 04.01.2013 | World
Rachel Natelson

VAWA fails to address a population notably vulnerable to sexual violence: military personnel. VAWA can and should serve as tool for empowering them just as it does for members of other culturally unique communities.

Rape Destroys Lives, In or Out of Uniform

Peter Samuelson | Posted 04.01.2013 | World
Peter Samuelson

The Invisible War is a brave attempt to change the culture of rape in our armed services. But make no mistake, in talking about the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, the film is talking about America at large.

Lifting the Ban and Military Sexual Trauma

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 04.01.2013 | World
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

It is not surprising that the decision to lift the ban preventing women from serving in combat led immediately to widespread debate regarding the implications of the change for the military and for our society.

Separate and Unequal: Sexual Assault Survivors in the Military

Sandra Park | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Sandra Park

When it comes to sexual violence, there are two separate, and unequal, systems available to victims: one for service members who are raped, the other for civilians.

How the Military Can Lead the Way on Ending Sexual Assault

Jennifer Siebel Newsom | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Jennifer Siebel Newsom

The military has the opportunity to herald a new wave of social innovation, this time in regards to the national discourse around rape. And a new wave of military leaders could be the catalyst.

A Cultural Change Is Needed

Rep. Niki Tsongas | Posted 03.30.2013 | World
Rep. Niki Tsongas

Without a doubt, sexual assault crimes across the branches of our armed forces are occurring with shocking regularity. In order for practical changes to take hold and be effective, they must be accompanied by a universal culture change.

What Happens in the Military Doesn't Stay in the Military

Patti Giggans | Posted 03.30.2013 | World
Patti Giggans

I've been an advocate working in the movement to prevent violence against women for many years, and I don't think I've ever seen a film move the needle on a social issue as quickly and decisively as The Invisible War.

The Year's Best Documentaries

AP | Posted 03.17.2013 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — The AIDS chronicle "How to Survive a Plague" and the military rape study "The Invisible War" are among nominees for the documentar...

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OSCAR NOMINATED! | Robin Wilkey | Posted 01.10.2013 | San Francisco

It's been a good week for Jennifer Siebel Newsom. First there was the news of her pregnancy, her third with her husband, California Lieutenant Gov...

Healing the Wounds of the Invisible War

Kori Cioca | Posted 03.10.2013 | Impact
Kori Cioca

Without the will and outrage of others, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) would still continue to be overlooked.

What Would Chuck Hagel Do to Combat the Invisible War Against Military Rape?

Christine Pelosi | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

We must insist that as Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel would meet with military rape survivors, describe a zero tolerance plan and show the world how the Obama administration will combat -- and win -- the invisible war against military rape.

2012 Was Not the Year of the Woman

Melissa Tapper Goldman | Posted 03.02.2013 | Women
Melissa Tapper Goldman

With 2012 closing, some are ready to declare a new Year of the Woman. Apparently, the first one did not do the trick. The anemically aspirational "Year of Whoever" trope reminds us how far whoever still has to go, having exceeded our self-defeatingly low expectations.

The Real Military Scandal

Shannon Galpin | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Shannon Galpin

The fact that this story isn't being tweeted, blogged, and commented on daily in the mainstream media is more shocking than a sex scandal involving consenting adults, no matter how powerful the people are that are involved.

Defense Secretary Panetta: Battling Sex Crimes in the Military Is a "Top Priority"

Roshanak Taghavi | Posted 11.27.2012 | Media
Roshanak Taghavi

In an interview, Secretary Panetta admits to Natalie Morales that sexual assault and an inadequate disciplinary process for sex crimes are endemic problems that the military has been 'sweeping under the rug' for decades.

The Invisible War

Kirby Dick | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Kirby Dick

At both conventions, political leaders took to the stage with everyday Americans who, for various reasons, put their support behind one candidate or the other. But we didn't hear from anyone like Jessica Hinves, who was raped while serving in the military.

Rape on U.S. Military Bases Left Unchecked, Documentary Reveals

Roshanak Taghavi | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Roshanak Taghavi

The Invisible War reveals how the military disciplinary process has fostered a culture in which sexual assault against a victim on active duty is considered an "occupational hazard" of serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Penn State Knew and Looked the Other Way

Christine Pelosi | Posted 09.12.2012 | Sports
Christine Pelosi

We cannot undo the harm done but for the sake of those brave enough to come forward, we can move forward as a society. What Sandusky and his enablers did was on them -- how we respond to help victims is on us.

Zero Shades of Grey: The Invisible War Sheds Light on the Military's Ugliest Secret

Kristin McCracken | Posted 08.27.2012 | Impact
Kristin McCracken

Kirby Dick's important new documentary unravels the truth about the prevalence of sexual assault in today's U.S. military -- and the institutional cover-ups that further denigrate the victims.