Monday, November 12, 2012

The Invisible War

The Invisible War
By Kirby Dick

It tells us, or more importantly, it’s a divulgation of an uncovered story for many years with the principal intention to call for action. In the United States Military, more than fifteen thousand cases of rape are reported every year and only a minimal percentage of these cases go forward and are sentenced. This documentary tells us about these situations in legal terms and it shows us cases in first person.

So here are the unbelievable facts: women, and men, are raped, brutally abused every year. Now, only let’s say, sixty percent of these women, and only one percent of these men, given that there are way fewer examples and the masculinity issues, report to the military court, the Department of Defense. Now imagine that you are brutally abused and not only have the administrators ignored your cry for justice, they find ways to disappear with your files, etc. So to add on top of this situation, not only you’re ignored, you’re also, if you’re really lucky, accused of adultery, or disorderly conduct and so on. In conclusion, this happens to more than ninety percent of these people, therefore cases like Kori, who suffered a major injury on her jaw and because it was diagnosed some time later it has become a serious daily decease; she can only eat things mashed, she can’t go out if it’s too cold, all this due to her abuser who slapped her in the face so hard that it broke her jaw, and the government ignored all this and it was also able to deny a sort of military pension based on the medical reasons, that were previously ignored. One of the other major problems of this dreadful trauma is the depression, the loneliness, the feeling of being completely lost that comes with it and that, it’s just screws everyone up, either with pills or without the pills, it’s a one way road. Needless to say, it fucks up every single person in every possible way. Mainly emotionally, than in health, then financially, career wise, and it goes on and on, on a daily bases. Now, with all this said, you didn’t forget that the abusers are still out there, safe and sound, even stronger now that they’ve done all the shit they wanted and come absolutely clean, some even get awards and rise to an higher standard in the military, did you?

A few days later I had a dream I end up gathered with some of these women and even talked to one of them about it, asking if she wanted to spread the word overseas. Since the documentary premiered at Sundance, since it’s been made, really, it has become a really important and significant call for change. It has brought its uplifting results and just by that it’s been an accomplishment. Not only in legal terms and awareness, but now you can see people talking about this issue in the media, in the fiction industry in a more extensive way. You can see it in this web series, WIGS, this extremely good take on the issue, really well written and acted. Even in the newest episode of The Good Wife, called The Art of War, where Amanda Peet fights for the same issues. As you can see, it is clearly having significant results. And thank god for that.

I recommend you to watch the three parts. It's so good.

"The Art of War"

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