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Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Invisible War: a documentary

I recently went on Netflix late at night on my graveyard shift.  I was looking for a military documentary about the U.S., maybe overspending in the military budget or some common theme.  I stumbled upon the Invisible War, a mind riveting documentary about 8 women who suffered long term physical and emotional problems stemming from rape in the military.  Some stories were outrageous including a woman named Corey who suffered a dislocated jaw and TMJ with pending surgery due to being slapped hard in the face during the subjugation of her body during the rape act.  Another women who was the most composed and intelligent, received no benefits after being discharged for being honest about her sexual assault by her direct commander after serving 9.5 years.  One common theme was the military's inability to educate and set consequences for military personnel who are just coming in to serve and those who have served receive little punishment if engaging in an act of sexual assault.  Less than 1% of reported cases resulted in convictions.  About 10% received lesser charges with no dismissal similar to a slap on the hand.   It covered the different ways the women had to cope after their investigation stopped (sometimes less than 3 days after they filed) they had to cope with the improper channels of follow through to even find out what happened with the investigation charges, retaliation, direct threats including death.  One woman on the West Coast who had served in Alaska with an all male personnel ended up having a major mental nervous breakdown following her departure from the service.  She was raped by a friend.  She ended up becoming gay and has a permanent partner now, living with her partner and children.  It's a pretty disturbing presentation of the military mentality, the cultural scope of what is left loose--why men feel compelled to physically become predators of their own colleagues and the lack of respect of the men to the female sex.  It also outlines one male sexual victim who was victimized by 3 men whose faces he never saw.  He divorced twice over his emotional conflict and finally found strength and comfort in his 3rd wife who he finally confided in after about 20 yrs of silence.  Enclosed is a link to a blog that covers the material in more detail and our radio show in which we discussed the cause and effect of military behavior.

Radio link...

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