Okay, lets talk about my Student Success Series that I went to. It was a movie in the Kiva called The Invisible War.. and I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into, or even what it was about. Right when the speaker came up to give an introduction she started giving rape statistics in the military. The first thing I did was have a mini anxiety attack because I got a glimpse of the emotional burden that this movie was about to be.
I was disgusted in what is happening in our own military. Here are just some statistics to give you a bit of an insight of the horrors that I heard in this video.
Today, a woman serving in Iraq or Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow service member than to be killed in the line of fire.
Since 2006, more than 95,000 service members have been sexually assaulted in the U.S. military
More than 86% of service members do not report their assault
Less than five percent of all sexual assaults are put forward for prosecution, and less than a third of those cases result in imprisonment
We watched interviews of these men and women that had been raped in America’s Military. Get this, these heroic people that get sexually harassed even get sexually harassed by the people they would need to report it to. Then on top of that, a majority of the victims instead of receive sympathy and help, usually get charged themselves and lose their rank. They are treated as if their being isn’t important. They put their lives on the line, we put our funding to strengthen our military, and the least we can do is hear their voices when they are calling for help.
I would prefer to not go into any more detail because of personal reasons, but please go check out notinvisible.org , sign the petition, and get involved.
God Bless all of the soldiers and Veterans that have defended our country.