Rape Is An "Occupational Hazard" In The Military
Rape is a serious matter but, what if you were raped and you reported it, however, when you reported it you were told to suck it up. You were told that you shouldn't have been there in the first place and it was your fault. What would you do if you weren't taken seriously? "The Invisible War" is a movie about people being overlooked by choice -- it's a documentary that reveals the absence of justice for the ones who protect and serve America.
"The Invisible War"
You're in your barracks getting ready to go to bed, a bunch of men walk into your room without you noticing. You feel a fierce blow to the back of your head -- knocking you to the floor. When the blur leaves your eyes and the pain starts to throb -- your warm blood is saturating the hair connected to your lacerated scalp -- that's when you felt the knees pinning your arms and head to the ground. You feel your pants and undershorts being pulled to your ankles, and shortly after you feel the hard flesh of a fellow soldier penetrating you from behind. You try not to scream out, but, the pain! A sock is jammed into your mouth -- "For the love of God who's doing this?! What have I done to deserve this abuse!?" -- Your voice screams loudly in your mind while your weeping grunts of pain is muffled by an article of clothing made for feet. They take turns raping you, raping you so bad that you have to stay lying on the dirty, blood, and fecal matter spilled floor for a while before you could even think about getting up.
"The pain! oh the pain is horrible!"
Your motivation and/or initiative has been tainted: You've been sexually assaulted by your comrades but, you've heard of this horror before and you know the drill. You can't report it. You'll be called a "butt buddy", scorned by your fellow soldiers as a man-whore, and shunned because you tattled on the guys in your particular company, but, who? You didn't even see what they looked like.
"Suck it up, I must suck it up!" You pull yourself together, clean yourself up, and try to live with it. The scars run deep though, who do you talk too? Who will listen?
Welcome to the approximately 1% of males who have been sexually assaulted in the military, and because there are far more men than women, there are more individuals raped in that 1% than the 20% of women that have reported being sexually assaulted, just like you.
Name calling isn't even the problem in trying to report a rape in the military: apparently, the problem is, the people who these crimes are reported too (commanding officers) either sweep it under the rug -- accusing the victims of bringing these crimes upon themselves -- or they are the assailants (the ones who committed the said crimes).
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See The Movie
"The Invisible War" is a documentary that tells the story of women (men weren't shown taking action) that are trying to get justice for the crimes that have been committed against them. Unlike civilians, people in the military have given up their rights and belong to the job they volunteered for. They belong to the government -- they are property, and rape on the U.S military's record is considered an occupational hazard. This is an emotional, powerful, and riveting movie that will bring tears to your eyes and rage to your heart. These life changing accounts of rape against these men and women; the way it effected them and their families everyday life hurt me to witness on the silver screen. But, I pray that these victims get the justice they are fighting for. And I think everyone should see this movie because it exposes the hypocrisy within the military. The military is there to protect and to serve, these soldiers are enlisted to protect and serve the United States of America, and this same military turns their back on the ones making sacrifices for their country -- keeping their safety from crimes such as sexual assault to a minimum. Why? So the U.S. Armed Forces won't lose face.
This is an important movie... I give it -- 4 Stars!