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The Los Alamos branch of the American Association of University Women will show “The Invisible War,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 21, as a fundraiser for AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund. The film will be shown in the Jeannette Wallace Hall (building 5) at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.
“The Invisible War” is an investigation into what Newsweek has called, “the most underreported crime in America,” the epidemic of rape in the United States military. The Department of Defense estimates that 20 percent of women in the services have been sexually assaulted — and that 80 percent of such attacks are never reported.
Focusing on the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they reported their assaults, the film is an examination of the personal and societal toll of these assaults.
AAUW is committed to improving the way the military deals with sexual assault by ensuring that victims receive adequate support for their cases. The LAF supports three class-action suits that charge the DoD and the military with creating a culture in which sexual assault is tolerated and people who report it face retaliation.
Premiering at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the film won the Audience Award. It has been nominated for an Oscar as Best Documentary. Following its showing, there will be discussion of the film’s message and of efforts underway to bring about change in the way the military deals with sexual assault.
Admission is $10 adults and $5 students. All proceeds will be donated to LAF.