The Invisible War

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  • 2014 Emmy Award — Best Documentary
  • 2014 Emmy Award — Outstanding Investigative Journalism – Long Form
  • 2013 Academy Award Nomination — Best Documentary Feature
  • 2013 George Foster Peabody Award
  • About the Film

    Former Coast Guard member Kori Cioca looks out the window

    The most shameful and best-kept secret in the U.S. military? The epidemic of rape and sexual assault within the ranks. An American female soldier in a combat zone is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. A culture of privilege and impunity has resulted in few prosecutions, and the systematic isolation of women — and men — who dare report the crimes.

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  • Filmmaker Interview

    Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick

    Filmmaker Kirby Dick hoped The Invisible War would gather a critical mass of attention on the epidemic of sexual assault in the military and change policy. Recent events indicate momentum, but Dick says there is still a long way to go.

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  • Senator Credits The Invisible War with Shaping New Bill

    Kori Cioca, US Coast Guard, and husband Rob in an emotional interview.

    The Invisible War has received praise and recognition from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. The New York Senator, who serves as the chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, plans to reveal a newly drafted bill that will address the issue of sexual assault in the military.

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  • The Obstacles to Justice for Military Rape Victims

    Trina MacDonald with wife Amy

    The domain of the Feres doctrine has stretched to prevent just about anyone from suing the military, including victims of rape, effectively blocking Servicemembers from civil courts and finding justice.

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  • Talkback

    Jessica Hinves, US Air Force Airman 1st Class, kneels under plane, looking at a manual on ground

    Twenty percent of active-duty female soldiers are sexually assaulted while serving. What do you think of the fact that rape is an occupational hazard of military service, as it was recently ruled to be? Would you think twice if you were considering entering the military, especially as a woman? If you’re in the military, have you known anyone involved in a sexual assault? How was it handled?

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