From Academy Award nominated Director Kirby Dick The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the US military.
The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem — today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The U.S. Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 22,800 violent sex crimes in the military in 2011.
Twenty percent of all active-duty female soldiers are sexually assaulted. Female soldiers aged 18 to 21 accounted for more than half of the victims. Read more…
Cohosted by Dr. Mylea Charvat, SF Supervisor Malia Cohen, and SamaHope
Panel discussion following the screening moderated by San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen.
This month the Veterans Media Center of San Francisco pays tribute to the memory of Reuben Paul “Chip” Santos and to the courage of his parents Paula and Ruben. On Sunday, September 23, I participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk* at Lake Merced here in San Francisco. I went especially to support the Santos family who lost their dear son Reuben, an Iraq War Veteran, to suicide. Paula and Ruben speak publicly about their loss in an effort to create greater public awareness and response regarding Veteran suicide. Continue reading →