Wednesday, January 25, 2012

U.S. military had '19,000 sex assaults in 2010 alone': New film documents under-reported rape in armed services

Speaking out: Several rape victims documented, including Marine Corps 1st Lt. Ariana Klay (shown center) who was raped by her senior officer and his friend, have contemplated suicide following their attacks and speak out now for awareness.

The Department of Defense estimates that more than 19,000 military men and women were sexually assaulted by fellow troops in 2010 while serving in the United States armed forces.

At least 20 percent of servicewomen and 1 percent of men – an estimated 500,000 troops – have experienced sexual trauma while serving.

These troubling statistics motivated documentarian Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering to make 'The Invisible War,' a film that examines the epidemic of rape within the military, how it affects victims and why so few cases are prosecuted. Read More