After watching the Invisible War I was ashamed of the U.S. justice and government. The invisible war is an eye-opening documentary that explores the occurrences of sexual assault within the U.S. military. It was based on personal interviews and government-compiled statistics. It reveals a story of betrayal, cover ups, and sadness. Using statistics compiled by the military, it has been determined that 20% of all female veterans report having been sexually assaulted while serving. And what’s worse than that is 80% of sexual assaults are never even reported. According to the Department of Defense, a female soldier is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. That’s very sad and shameful at the same time. What’s worse than the stories presented in the documentary, is revealing how the military tries to cover-up, doesn’t prosecute and essentially blames the victim instead of dealing with this issue and fully investigating each report of assault. They accused the victims of lying, and denied them rape-related medical benefits.
One of the most prominent survivor interviewed in the film was Kori Cioca. Kori describes how her rapist, one of her commanding officer, brutally struck her in the face before assaulting her which caused dislocation of her jaw and deterioration of crucial discs in her mouth. She’s also struggling with post traumatic stress disorder. The sad thing about her case is that Department of Veterans Affairs won’t cover the surgery she needs to repair her jaw because she didn’t serve long enough (she left early because of the assault). It’s heartbreaking that this is happening in our country, our country that fights for justice cannot protect the people who swear to serve and protect it… It really is shocking that this is happening and very little attention has been given to solve the problem of sexual assault in the military. I think it is bravery of the victims/survivors to share their stories. We should all support them and wish them justice.