Women in the Military & The Invisible War

As a veteran of the US Navy and the US Coast Guard Reserve, the topics of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment hit close to home for me.  In the military, there is typically a rate (enlisted) or rank (officer) issue involved (higher rank/rate harassing lower rank,)  Incidents are very much under reported as the reporting individual is commonly threatened with losing rank or worse.

I distinctly recall the blatant harassment received as a Seaman Apprentice and Seaman while going through my initial electronic trainings, particularly by the cocky Nuclear Submarine School attendees.  Being so new, I felt intimidated at times and not confident I would be supported if I reported the incidents; I was more concerned about being booted out for saying anything.  At the same time, having enlisted at the “worldly”, above average enlistment age of 26, I was also angry and frustrated.

A documentary has been released on this particular topic – The Invisible War.  It  is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem-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 a staggering 19,000 violent sex crimes in the military in 2010. The Invisible War exposes the epidemic, breaking open one of the most under-reported stories of our generation, to the nation and the world.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paula Moors
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 20:11:37

    That is so wrong. What can we do to stop it?

    Reply

    • Simply Almond
      Jun 28, 2012 @ 16:34:40

      An easy way for you to help end it, Paula, it to raise awareness of it’s existence. Simply sharing this blog with others will raise their awareness and possibly get them to screen the documentary for further details.

      Reply

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