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The Invisible War: film on sexual assault in the military: April 9 @ Hampshire College

Posted on Wednesday March 20th 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., East Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Building, Hampshire College, Amherst MA.  The first public Pioneer Valley screening of the 2013 Oscar-nominated documentary “The Invisible War,” a groundbreaking piece of investigative film making that paints a startling picture of the extent of rape in the military and offers a powerful indictment of the systemic cover-up of military sex crimes. Today, female soldiers serving in combat zones are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. At the heart of “The Invisible War” are moving interviews that chronicle the struggles of rape survivors struggling to rebuild their lives and fight for justice, both for themselves and for women in the military. The New York Times called the 2013 Oscar-nominated work “one of the ten best films of the year.” Filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering credit the writing and research of Helen Benedict as the inspiration for their documentary. Benedict, who is speaking at Hampshire College on Monday evening, April 8, will comment on the film and answer questions following the Hampshire screening. Army veteran Judy Atwood Bell, who was sexually assaulted while in the military, will participate in the discussion. Bell has been diagnosed and treated for Military Sexual Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She now is an advocate for policy changes in the military to help protect women from harassment and assault.

Veteran’s Education Project: cosponsored by GCC Peace, Justice and Environmental Studies option and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice

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