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American Legion plans free viewing of 'The Invisible War'

Apr 22, 2013

The American Legion Post 29 in Washington is hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary "The Invisible War" at the Washington Public Library in Washington on Thursday April 25, at 6:30 p.m.

A groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of the country’s most shameful and best-kept secrets, "The Invisible War" reveals the epidemic of rape within the U.S. Military.

Today, a female soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. A staggering 20,000 soldiers are estimated to have been assaulted in 2009 alone. The number of military sexual assaults in the last decade is believed to be in the hundreds of thousands.

Tracing the powerfully emotional stories of several young veterans, the film reveals the systemic cover-up of the crimes they have suffered and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and careers. Featuring hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress, "The Invisible War" urges everyone – civilian and soldier alike – to fight for a system that no longer forces the military to choose between speaking up and serving our country.

The free public screening at the Washington Public Library is part of "The Invisible War's" campaign to tell survivors of military sexual trauma that they are not invisible. The desire is to urge civilians, veterans and active-duty military across the country to hold the U.S. Military accountable for creating responsible, comprehensive and just policies for preventing and prosecuting rape and sexual violence among soldiers.

The American Legion Post 29 in Washington recognizes the importance of supporting survivors of military sexual trauma and the post has collaborated with several community partners and private individuals to make this screening a reality.

For additional information, please contact Barbara Duder at 319-461-4518


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