Like eveyone else that has blogged, Invisible War had to be the most interesting film I’ve watched in Women Studies. I never would have thought such a tragedy would be occuring within the U.S. military. Joining the military is something most people take pride in and something to proud about because you are going to be serving your country! That is such a great honor, but it is such a shame that people regret serving for their own country! These women that have to go through this and not get justice is just mouth dropping. The U.S military should be ashamed of themselves for not addressing this matter sooner. No one should regret wanting to help their own country just because no one wanted to action against sexual assaults. Since my major is in statistics, I took great interest in the percentages in this matter. The Department of Defense estimated that around 22,800 sex crimes happened in the year 2011. Female soldiers around the age 18 to 21 made up half of the victims of the 20% of all active duty female soldiers. It’s not just females either, nearly 20,000 of all the men in the military were sexually assaulted in 2009. To make matters even worse, 33% of the victims didn’t report the assault because the person the would have to report to was a friend of the rapists or 25% of the time the person they would have to report to was the rapist himself.
The one thing that really got me was at the the end of the video they told what happened with the victims in future, as far as getting justice, and what happened to the rapists. It had said that most of the rapists were promoted in their positions. Unbelievable! It’s amazing it took a documentary like this for such a crime to even be noticed.