The Invisible War @ NIU


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Award-winning Investigative Documentary:

Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military:  Our Service Men’s & Women’s Stories 

FREE SCREENING & Panel Discussion: October 23, 2012, 6:00-9:00 p.m. 

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL
Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium

For more information please contact Rebekah Kohli at: 815-753-1038 or

Documentary run time is 1 hour & 40 minutes

From Oscar(R)- and Emmy(R)-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated; Twist of Faith) comes The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. A staggering 19,000+ male and female service members are estimated to have been assaulted in 2010 alone.  And the number of military sexual assaults in the last decade is believed to be in the hundreds of thousands.  Near equal numbers of men and women screen positive for military sexual trauma.  A female soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow service member than killed by enemy fire.

Tracing the powerfully emotional stories of several male and female veterans, the film reveals the systemic cover-up of the crimes they have suffered and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and careers. Featuring hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress, THE INVISIBLE WAR urges us all—civilian and service member alike—to fight for a system that no longer forces our military to choose between speaking up and serving our country.

The screening is part of THE INVISIBLE WAR’s campaign to tell survivors of military sexual trauma that they are not invisible—and to urge civilians, veterans and active-duty military across the country to hold the U.S. military to account for creating responsible, comprehensive and just policies for preventing and prosecuting rape and sexual violence among service members.

Discussion Panelists:

  • Marj Askins, Public Education & Prevention Specialist with Safe Passage
  • Tiffany Bohm, Former squadron commander in the U.S. Air Force
  • Terry Moore, Lieutenant Colonel Terry Moore, U.S. Air Force, Retired
  • Kimberly Schaefle, 2nd Lieutenant, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the Illinois National Guard
  • Laura Vazquez, PCSW Chair (MODERATOR)

Presented by NIU’s Women’s Studies Program

In partnership with: The College of Education; Presidential Commission on the Status of Women; Phi Kappa Phi; Military Student Services;
and Department of Communication.

With sponsorship from: Health Enhancement; College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming; Women's Resource Center; Women's Rights Alliance; Enough is Enough; Center for the Study of Family Violence & Sexual Assault; Department of Political Science; Latino Resource Center; Counseling & Student Development Center; Safe Passage.