The Invisible War Screening featuring Congresswoman Jackie Speier & Professor Elizabeth L. Hillman
$15 advance purchase
$20 at the door – space is limited
|“The Invisible War” is a 2012 investigative documentary film 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. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the U.S. Documentary Audience Award and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards. The film features powerfully emotional interviews with veterans from multiple branches of the United States Armed Forces who recount their assaults and brings to light the lack of recourse to an impartial justice system, reprisals against survivors instead of against perpetrators, and the absence of adequate emotional and physical care for survivors.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier, the U.S. Representative for California’s 14th congressional district, will be speaking after the screening and will be hosting a short “Q & A” about the STOP Act, her legislation addressing sexual assault in the military. The STOP Act would take the reporting, oversight, investigation and victim care of sexual assaults out of the hands of the military’s normal chain of command and place jurisdiction in the newly created, autonomous Sexual Assault Oversight and Response Office comprised of civilian and military experts.
Prof. Elizabeth L. Hillman is a professor at UC Hastings College of the Law and is the President of the National Institute for Military Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting fairness in and public understanding of military justice worldwide. She has testified before Congress and as an expert at trial about military law, history, and culture, topics about which she frequently writes and speaks.
Please join us for the screening of this groundbreaking film and a discussion with Congresswoman Speier and Professor Hillman about how military sexual assaults are currently addressed, investigated and adjudicated, and the need for change.