See ‘The Invisible War’ documentary at Swedish/Issaquah on Monday

June 8, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. June 8, 2013

The documentary “The Invisible War,” which brings to light the epidemic of sexual assault within the U.S. armed forces, can be seen June 10 at Swedish/Issaquah.

A free screening of the movie will be at 7:30 p.m. at the hospital at 751 N.E. Blakely Drive, according to a press release from the Washington State Chapter International Association of Forensic Nurses.

The aim is to start a respectful conversation about sexual assault, institutional power, trauma, healing and the steps necessary to effect widespread, systemic change in the way the U.S. military prevents, responds to and prosecutes military sexual assault.

After the movie, there will be a discussion period led by Heather Van Mill GS-12, DAFC, the sexual assault response coordinator from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The themes and issues uncovered by “The Invisible War” may be emotionally difficult, particularly for survivors of military sexual trauma.

Seating is limited, so RSVP here or email

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One Response to “See ‘The Invisible War’ documentary at Swedish/Issaquah on Monday”

  1. Morris Ryan on June 9th, 2013 7:22 am

    “those who are using bad science to attack the military for their own agendas … something we’ve seen before. Something we know better than to let go unchallenged. When all others cower in fear, it does seem that there is always a Marine who is willing to step forward and do the right thing.
    Here are the core bits that leave you knowing one thing that we really already knew; the numbers being used to make the American public think the military is full of sexual predators are garbage.
    In the days since the Defense Department’s May 7 release of its 2012 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military, the media and lawmakers have been abuzz. The report’s estimate that last year 26,000 service members experienced unwanted sexual contact prompted many to conclude, incorrectly, that this reliably estimated the number of victims of sexual assault.
    The 2012 estimate was also significantly higher than the last estimate, causing some to proclaim a growing “epidemic” of sexual assault in the military. The truth is that the 26,000 figure is such bad math-derived from an unscientific sample set and extrapolated military-wide-that no conclusions can be drawn from it.

    The term “sexual assault” was not used in the WGRA survey. Instead, the survey refers to “unwanted sexual contact,” which includes touching the buttocks and attempted touching.

    It is disheartening to me, as a female officer in the Marine Corps and a judge advocate devoted to the professional practice of law in the military, to see Defense Department leaders and members of Congress deal with this emotionally charged issue without the benefit of solid, verifiable data.”
    Capt. Rodman. A Marine JAG who attacks a problem as only a Marine can – clear, direct, fundamentally sound, and fact based.

    Yes, school teachers, coaches, priests, all have some people that commit sexual assault — to single out the military is not only bad politics, but disgusting politics.

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