Casualties of war rage beyond the battlefield. As ranks of women in the American military swell, so do incidents of rape. An estimated 30 percent of servicewomen and at least 1 percent of servicemen are sexually assaulted during their enlistment—not by the enemy, but at the hands of fellow soldiers. With stark clarity and escalating revelations, THE INVISIBLE WAR exposes a rape epidemic in the armed forces, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences.
In THE INVISIBLE WAR, we meet characters who embraced their service with pride and professionalism, only to have their idealism crushed. Their chilling stories of violent sexual assault become even more rattling as they seek justice in a Kafkaesque military legal system. As a courageous few defy victimhood, they face their most challenging fight yet: penetrating a closed circuit where officers collude, cases are routinely swept under the rug, and few perpetrators are ever tried or convicted.
“An aptly infuriating expose of sexual abuse within the U.S. military, Kirby Dick's docu THE INVISIBLE WAR calls high-ranking officials to account for turning a blind eye to a violent epidemic.”—Variety
Winner—INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD
Official Selection—SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL