‘The Invisible War’

‘The Invisible War’

‘The Invisible War’

Old Chatham Quaker Meeting will screen ‘The Invisible War’ on Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m., at the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y. The film is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Department of Defense estimates there were 22,800 violent sex crimes in the military in 2011. 20% of all active-duty female soldiers are sexually assaulted. Female soldiers aged 18 to 21 accounted for more than half of the victims.

Focusing on the emotional stories of rape victims, the film is a moving indictment of the systemic cover-up of military sex crimes, chronicling the women’s struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. It also features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm of conditions that exist for rape in the military, its long-hidden history, and what can be done to bring about much-needed change.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and a moderated discussion will follow. For more information call 518-766-2992; for directions visit oldchathamquakers.org.

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