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The Invisible War

Steubenville Rape Scandal: Enablers Have Consequences

Christine Pelosi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

It is a teaching moment that school officials covering up Steubenville rapes were indicted on the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. It is infuriating that in the year 2013 we still have to teach the teachers that rape is rape. But it must be done.

To Honor Veterans, Help Those Fighting the Invisible War

Christine Pelosi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

We have the power this Veterans Day to use more than words but deeds to honor veterans. Our time of service begins with acknowledging that far too many service members past and present are fighting an invisible war from PTSD and military sexual assault.

"If He Really Stalked Her, Why Isn't She Crying?"

Christine Pelosi | Posted 10.03.2013 | Crime
Christine Pelosi

At a meeting in chambers with the judge and defense counsel, we discussed scheduling for the afternoon. The judge then looked at me and said words I'll never forget: "If he really stalked her, why isn't she crying?"

Winning the Language War, Defeating 'Military Sexual Trauma'

Joshua Kors | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Joshua Kors

The end of "Military Sexual Trauma" and "MST" can happen virtually overnight, provided that each of us commits to keeping those euphemisms out of our mouths and off our computer screens.

Mad Men Mores Run Rampant at Military Sexual Trauma Hearing

Christine Pelosi | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Rather than give lip service to victims and continued power to victimizers, the leaders must remove commanders from convening rape prosecutions.

The Invisible War and Unlimited Power

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

On Memorial Day we honored those who died in war. We carry forth that honor by being honorable ourselves and by helping create and sustain a military culture as an honorable place to serve, a place where people honor each other's personhood and body.

Memorial Day 2013: Honor the Fallen by Lifting Up Veterans

Christine Pelosi | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

The physical and emotional toll of these deployments is a cost of war we Americans have only begun to pay, yet all too often a war-weary public tends to look the other way. But this Memorial Day we cannot look away.

Pulling Rank: Women Lead the Charge Against Military Sexual Assault

Barbara Lee | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Barbara Lee

While women's numbers in the military -- and in elected office -- may be dwarfed by their male counterparts, women in Congress are giving new meaning to the phrase "pulling rank."

Survivors: I Didn't Join The Military To Get Raped

Posted 04.29.2013 | Impact

By Sara Benincasa, TakePart At 21, Jacinda considered her male coworkers in the Navy to be her brothers. That was before she awoke in a drunken haz...

Honoring the Courageous Truth-Tellers

Joe Newman | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Joe Newman

This week, it's a good time to remember Ron Ridenhour. He refused to let the horrors of My Lai get covered-up by a military brass that just wanted the story buried and forgotten.

The Illuminator: Helen Benedict and the Journalistic Investigation That Inspired The Invisible War

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 06.03.2013 | Fifty
R. Clifton Spargo

We're never going to get rid of all sexual assault in the military any more than we can get rid of it in civilian life. As long as it's out here, it's going to be in there. But the military is a controlled environment and your behavior is watched and dictated.

Steubenville Reminder: Rape Is Rape

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.18.2013 | Media
Christine Pelosi

Remember 2012 when America was awash in "legitimate rape" stories? Seems some of the networks forgot that rape is rape and that all survivors deserve justice. So to our friends in the media right and left, here is a refresher course: Rape is rape.

Why Seth MacFarlane Went Too Far

Dawn V. Woollen | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
Dawn V. Woollen

Why did anyone think that on a night that is supposed to honor the best of Hollywood, a town that has broken so many barriers and moved us forward in so many ways, banal sexist, racist and anti-Semitic jokes would be funny and appropriate?

PHOTOS: Guess Who Went To The Academy Awards?

Robin Wilkey & Sasha Bronner | Posted 02.26.2013 | San Francisco

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom attended the Academy Awards on Sunday night with his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who was up for an Oscar...

Best Documentary Goes To ...

Posted 02.24.2013 | Entertainment

The 85th Annual Academy Awards took place Sunday in Los Angeles, with "Searching for Sugar Man" taking the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. Mal...

Military Style

Annie Stein | Posted 04.24.2013 | Entertainment
Annie Stein

The facts alone are staggering; Fifteen percent of all military personal get raped by a fellow soldier or a commanding officer over the course of their military careers.

The Fauxscars: The 10 Oscar Categories That Aren't But Absolutely Should Be

Hulu.com | Posted 04.23.2013 | Comedy
Hulu.com

Here are some more digestible categories. We're calling them the Fauxscars, and we're hoping that the phrase "Fauxscar Bait" catches. We're looking forward to you explaining that expression to Helen Mirren.

The Invisible War Takes the Gold

Christine Pelosi | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

With or without the Oscar statuette, in forcing an unflinching, uncomfortable look at ourselves, in making the invisible visible, and in sparking lasting change, The Invisible War takes the gold.

I'm Rising With and For My Daughter on Valentine's Day

Christine Pelosi | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

To my Isabella, as with most three-year-olds, Valentine's Day is innocence and chocolate. But for far too many women and girls in our community and around the world, Valentine's Day innocence is broken.

An Oscar Vote for Justice

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 04.13.2013 | Entertainment
Kerry Kennedy

I urge every American to watch The Invisible War and hear the stories therein. And to those few in the position to influence this year's Oscar considerations, I urge you to consider what your vote in the documentary category can mean for America

A Review of Sexual Misconduct by Basic Training Instructors at Lackland Air Force Base: House Armed Services Committee Testimony

Jennifer Norris | Posted 04.03.2013 | World
Jennifer Norris

Like the checks and balances that are currently in place for civilians, all we are asking for is the same. While civilians have various routes of redress to get justice for the crime perpetrated against them, service members are too often dependent on one person's individual discretion.

Fighting the 'Invisible War': A Call to Action

Anna M. Laymon | Posted 04.03.2013 | World
Anna M. Laymon

The invisible war is fought each and every day by the brave men and women in uniform who say to their peers, "enough is enough." It is fought by the survivors of military sexual assault who say, "never again."

The Invisible War Reveals Obstacles to Justice for Victims of Military Rape

Stacey Lantz | Posted 04.03.2013 | World
Stacey Lantz

Sexual violence is a prevalent problem within every community and environment. Key differences exist around the issue of military sexual assault. The structure and organizations of the military are very different than in the civilian world and it can be difficult to navigate the legal process.

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.