The Invisible War (2012) – a documentary on sexual assault in the US military
This 2012 groundbreaking investigative documentary, The Invisible War, touches on a topic that is quite sensitive and the subject of numerous cover ups – sexual assault in the United States (US) military.
The film documents the daily struggles of several servicewomen who were raped while in active duty. It brings the audience right into the women’s lives and shows how their lives have been affected…but it’s the lack of support these women have received from the organizations that they once served in that really burns the fuse.
As members of a supposedly elite organization, you expect sexual assault intolerable. Unfortunately, the documentary shows us otherwise and how the military uses “the chain of command” to protect the perpetrators.
It zeroes in on the fact that most of the rape cases, either male or female, are often swept under the carpet and for those who do report, the victim ends up being the ones persecuted.
The film also points out the ineffective techniques that the United States military has been using to try and deter assaults. It also brings to light the sexist treatment ever present in this masculine dominated fraternity.
The only drawback to this documentary was that it only got one side of the story. There were no interviews from those in active duty save for one who had her identity hidden, or those accused of sexual assault. However, knowing the strict code of the military – the filmmakers had very little chance of getting officers to talk.
For anyone, male or female, thinking that the military is a glamorous career choice this is a film that may just change your mind. Not only will it make you think twice but it will also make you cringe at the thought of your daughter, sister or female relative joining the ranks.