The Kirkland-Redmond Branch of the American Association of University Women joins with Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirkland to present a free screening of The Invisible War, described by the NY Times as a movie that cannot be ignored.
Friday, Feb. 22 at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirkland. Reception at 6:30 pm; Film at 7:00; Discussion at 8:30. Location: 308 4th Ave. South (Corner of State St. and 4th Ave. S.) Plenty of free parking on State Street, on 4th Ave. S, and in the church parking lot just past the church on 4th Ave. S. For map and driving directions, see http://www.northlakeuu.org/about/directions/
The movie website claims that 19,000 members of the U.S. military are sexually assaulted each year, and this is the film that forced the military to deal more openly with one of the country’s most shameful and best kept secrets.
“Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire with the number of assaults in the last decade alone in the hundreds of thousands.”
“Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of several young women, the film reveals the systemic cover up of the crimes against them and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice.”
“The Invisible War features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm conditions that exist for rape in the military, its history of cover-up, and what can be done to bring about much needed change.” -- (C) Official Site
One of the women featured in the film will be a special guest during the discussion period. Other past and current members of the military are cordially invited to attend and share their experiences.
The movie’s official website http://invisiblewarmovie.com/index.php has a link to http://www.notinvisible.org/ an advocacy group asking the Department of Defense to “mandate that The Invisible War become a required part of each Service’s officer accession training and officer developmental education programs.”