Our hats are off to the filmmakers of
The Invisible War
After its premiere at Sundance last year, The Invisible War has not only massively increased the public's awareness about the issue of sexual assault in the military; it has also affected new and unprecedented policy initiatives to improve investigations and prosecutions and to raise awareness and prevent sexual assault in each of the branches of the Armed Forces.
After multiple screenings of The Invisible War on Capitol Hill, Congress held the first-ever Congressional hearing dedicated to VA benefits for survivors of military sexual assault.
And just this week, special conferees from the House and the Senate approved a reconciled version of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013, the standard-setting budget for the military, which included a range of measures specifically aimed at ending rape in the military and improving survivors’ access to care. The bill will be sent to President Obama for his signature, passing into law a new standard of behavior and accountability for the Armed Services.
Lastly, closer to home, there have been major changes in the lives of some of the survivors featured in The Invisible War.
We thank the filmmakers for their continued dedication and unwavering persistance in bringing this issue to light and affecting real change in an arena where change is especially difficult to enact.
Additionally, the film has appeared on quite a few year-end lists, such as
The National Board of Review: The Invisible War as one of the top 5 documentaries of the year; The New York Times: one of the top 10 movies of 2012; Time Magazine: top movies of 2012; Rotten Tomatoes: #3 on Rotten Tomatoes Top 100 movies of 2012 based on Tomatometer scores; and Chicago Film Critics: best documentary of 2012. We're also keeping our fingers crossed for that awards show in late February.
For more information about the film, please visit theinvisiblewarmovie.com. For more information about how you can get involved, visit their coalition website, notinvisible.org.