The Invisible War – Official Trailer

Now showing in theaters in New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Los Angeles! Find your theater and show times here:

THE INVISIBLE WAR is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of our country’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within our US military. Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire with the number of assaults in the last decade alone in the hundreds of thousands.

Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of several young women, the film reveals the systemic cover up of the crimes against them and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. THE INVISIBLE WAR features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm conditions that exist for rape in the military, its history of cover-up, and what can be done to bring about much needed change.

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  1. Hmmm… Sadly, the average American does not have an understanding of that has happened in the Middle-East and how our politics to score oil has resulted in the region being destabilized. Pick up a book on the history of the region and get your head out of the ground. The US has blood on it's hands.

  2. I am so happy that this money has been nominated for an Oscar. Shine light on this horrible crime that is befalling our female military personnel. It's truly a national shame.

  3. I can't believe the video "fat lady yelling at skaters" has more views than this does. People need to be more aware of the pressing societal issues that surround them!

  4. it all comes back to morality. most of these kids aren't college educated. they haven't read a book on philosophy, morality or even finished reading the damn bible so what do ya expect. They're grunts, trained killing machine!!

  5. Women can serve in the military and do a fine job. I think they should. But they should understand that it's an institution of violence, domination and masculinity. They should know the risks involved. An institution of violence for the sake of the state elite's interest will remain a super masculine institution that mistreats women unless the military and what it stands for is completely change.

  6. Its not just a shame as of whats happening at U.S. Military. But the insane thing is that Military is a cultural thing over U.S., many families' history tied to Military… That is corrupted to the bone.

    I'm sure we could find out similar scandals in politics, and bank system and the higher industry as well. The whole U.S. system is based on huge lies, the freedom, the patriotism and everything U.S. stands for is a big shameful cover up. Unthinkable, and undigestable the whole thing.

  7. It's funny, a young woman chooses to fight for her country, do something they feel is worthwhile just end up enduring such a heinous crime. From who? YOUR FELLOW COMRADS!!!?? My God, I wish you would come back today. I'm so tired of the dispicable acts degradation in this world. Between human trafficking and abortions and the rampant acts of shooting and murders I've had enough.

  8. 'Betrayed': Male rape victims slam Oscar-nominated filmmakers over focus on women << why is male rape always and I mean always pushed to the side or swept under the rug! a 99 minute film dedicates 5 minutes of it to male rape victims when 56% of military rape victims are men!!

  9. I loved this trailer! Hopefully watching this movie soon, and the point is that they are in a position of authority over them. Male or female, raping someone who trusts you is wrong. No matter what you are wearing, if you are drunk, passed out, or say yes and then say no at the last minute. A gentleman, as I have been taught here in the Southwest, will always respect your "No" every time. 🙂

  10. That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I am not compelled to kill or have sex with or without someone's consent. This shit is not common and I'm pretty damn sure you already know that.

  11. I am not supporting the rape of woman in the services but the true fact is that more men are raped in the service then women are. And on top of that the battlefield is for men and is no place for a woman and i say this from exp i have served and i don't care how bad you think the woman is or how much of a pain threshold you might say they have the battlefield is no place for emotions emotions are what get you killed.

  12. And also look at the setting its the perfect storm the military train's you in a way that brings out your inner primate an environment where aggression is rewarded and also predominantly male environment and what does a sex deprived male in a pool of testosterone want well from the video you can tell its. Bottom line is women should not be in the military or it should be all men or all women but not both
    where they wanting to join before the firearms

  13. I have a good way to deal with the problem. I said this in another video but I would like to see what you all think. Court martial everyone who the victim came to who didn't take appropriate actions to deal with the crime. Also abolish the chain of command in this case. Why the FUCK should a woman have to follow chain of command if she was raped? That sounds like some old archaic bullshit. If I was raped, you better believe the boss's boss's boss's boss would have a boot up his ass by 50 lawyers

  14. in other words, in cases of rape, the highest ranked person on the base or the ship or whatever is at the full disposal of the victim. And if that highly ranked prestigious general/colonel/captain doesn't take action, then he gets a nice court martial in front of a military tribunal as well. And if the military tribunals don't solve the problem, then guess where you go next. Civilian court. And civvies don't fuck around when it comes to rape.

  15. Lol that's not the truth. You're just a disgusting human being. And I don't believe in "skydaddy" or the "inherent goodness of mankind and fairies." I'm actually atheist and I'm more pessimistic than optimistic. Stop acting like you know what you're talking about, and try to become a better person. Then we'll talk.

  16. Because war is humanity at its absolute worst and I'd like to believe that the fairer sex should be protected from it but its never the case. Women and children are always among the highest casualties. During WW1, and WW2 to a greater extent, women played a massive part in the war effort in Britain without actually engaging in combat. They worked in the wartime factories and made weapons,planes and uniforms, some even operated as spies. If its sexist so be it, but combat is no place for a woman.

  17. It really comes down to the basics, women are simply not as strong as men on the battlefield both mentally and physically. Would the average woman be able to lift her fallen male comrade to safety? Would the average woman be able to beat a male opponent in hand to hand combat? They are at a distinct biological disadvantage and that's the hard truth.

  18. Would the average man? (The answer is "no," by the way.) America has created a society that tells females that in order to be considered attractive, they need to be perceived as weak and feminine. I recognize that some women may not be as physically strong as your average military trained man, but that can be said for the majority of men in our society as well. Any demographic can succeed if you give them resources, and women in combat are no exception.

  19. War is an inhuman place first off so that question has no meaning. War happens because of men. Women never started a war. Why should women be dragged in to it? I'm really referring to actual combat.Like I said It just comes down to biological basics. Men have higher stamina and endurance levels and a higher tolerance for pain. There are other ways women can fight in wars without actually engaging in combat.

  20. I don't understand why that question has meaning when you ask it, but not when I do. Are men not humans? I am referring to actual combat as well. This may be because of my choice in social interactions, but many of the women that I know are just as fit, on average, as the men that I know. Again, training is a huge part of stamina, and pain tolerances are highly subjective. Additionally, wars are fought with technology now: technology that is designed to level the playing field.

  21. Female soldiers should get help from lawyers that get media attention, like Gloria Allred…Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson can easily get the NAACP to hold huge protest rallies in American against the military for NOT protecting and bringing justice to African-Americans who have been raped while serving in the U.S. Military.

  22. It is great to lift the veil on this utterly outrageous reality. New trials need to be made to judge all those responsible for the rapes and their cover ups. And yet there is an unpeleasant conclusion to all this. Women should not be on the battlefield, it is a man's world, brutal, unfair, cruel and extremely frustrating. It brings out the worst in you. We wouldn't lock up men and women in the same jails, so why this? Just to please some bourgeois feminists who have never seen a blood drop?

  23. This is a national disgrace. Read the stories in Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair about this. Every single woman in the military that has sought justice for being raped in the military has lost her career and the rapists have either been given slap-on-the-wrist sentences or none at all. The rank of rapists go as high as decorated generals. There is NO JUSTIFICATION FOR RAPE EVER, I don't care who you are. The reports I've read in RS and VF are sickening. THIS MUST END.

  24. The military teaches utmost discipline. Therefor, whether or not rape is natural, it is your complete failure as a member of the military to allow yourself to rape someone. Complete lack of discipline is natural, but it is our purpose as humans to defy our natural state. So grow some balls and stop raping people.

  25. totally understand what your saying but at the same time that is their objective..its what they want, because if women were more than 55% of congress, senate, military, they would seriously start to worry their pigs ways would be no more…so their tactic is to try and scare women from joining, its psychological warfare 3.0, just like terror and killing reporting in media is used to keep mases in fear..we all need to understand that that is all it is & then OCCUPY – every where were not wanted.

  26. This is the stupidest thing I have ever read on the internet. Like, I'm not even mad. Just more shocked that this actually was actually said…

  27. I have experienced some shit like this in the army….when overseas it is so annoying to be looking for enemies wearing all king of clothes, faces and ranks. expose these a$%&^ don't blur their face up.

  28. Rape and child molestation is about "power over" others & deception. Before the pervert (he or she) start their sick game – they have to "secure the premises." That means that they have to fool others around them into believing that they are passionately about something noble so that they are always held in "high-regard."

  29. Cont –
    They can do that by always doing "over the top favors" for others around them or by joining a group that symbolizes something noble. So that others will always say "Oh, no (john or Jane) would never do such a thing – they have a long history of going the extra mile for us and others" They need a "cover story" so they can operate in secret.
    The military, para-military, church, human rights organizations, charities, disaster rescue organizations – all great hiding places ( cover stories.)

  30. my gosh you should go get your Nobel Prize with your 'male genetic flaw'! of course is not about behaviour, of course is not about dominence, who would have thought is about your gene code, let me think, what happened whith males that don't rape?? the 'genetic flaw' didn't develop in them?? please elaborate your thesis, science is waiting your brilliant insights!

  31. Ok guys. We know you are not all rapists. Most of you are decent guys. But we as woman have to be automatically suspicious of strange men who may rape is so we can try to protect ourselves. Isn't that just so fucked up

  32. “I just want to sleep. A coma would be nice. Or amnesia. Anything, just to get rid of this, these thoughts, whispers in my mind. Did he rape my head, too?”

    -R.I.P. Shelly C.

  33. Those of us in the Service were recently made to watch this movie as part of our regular Sex Assault prevention training class. While Iwas happy not to see the same old slides for the useless SHARP program, I still would have preferred NOT to see this film. It was disturbing on so many levels that I didn't even realize existed.

    I've already developed more than a few reasons to ant to leave the Army ASAP but, this just made me even more disgusted with it all.

  34. Karma raped me once…She never spoke to me but it was clear that I am to stay as fair to her as I would with a shaving razor.
    God Bless Us Humans

  35. To be honest.. If the army are prepared to desensitise their soldiers from killing people and not succumbing to their emotions and then putting them in a position of power, why are they surprised that this happens

  36. DISGUSTING CRAP LIKE THIS NEEDS TO STOP AND STOP NOW. If this issue keeps going unaddressed it will ultimately erode the publics respect for the U.S. military. No institution can thrive without respect from the masses nor function at its full potential. I think it's time to take the matter of addressing sexual assaults out of the military's hands and put it under the control of some civilian agency.

    Of course there are those who say that if you do that, you will ruin their ability to self discipline, but after watching this documentary on Netflix, I think the military has had its chance and blew it.

    As an American citizen, I have the utmost respect for my military and those who serve honorably, but I must draw the line when it comes to disgusting crap like this.

  37. I sincerely think that the US should stop sending their troops into countries they have no business being in and instead try to address their problems within their own army. This is so serious and the fact that the rapists aren't being punished is horrible. If the soldier can rape his fellow soldier then how will he treat people in places like Iraq?  

  38. The U.S. Army is broken as it pertains to discrimination.  Instead of describing what Commanders cannot discriminate on, guidance should focus on what they can discriminate on.  Right now commanders are unethically discriminating against soldiers as the regulations allow it.

  39. i think it's normal to be raped in USA according to their medias and LE. which doesn't seem to care!!! Pity, their biggest issues are in the counties far far away from their homes and Aliens 🙁 what a shame


  41. i feel bad for real victims. modern feminists have muddied the waters so badly people don't believe accusers. feminism is genetic mental illness turned into a political movement.

  42. nothing I hate more than people with power exploiting people with none…cant trust the system..hard to get justice sometimes…i am fortunate no one I know has had this traumatic experience…or didn't tell me because I am a street justice person..donnt need a inquiry or court to decide what needs to be done…
    sometimes you have to make people offers they can not refuse..its the only thing they undetstand..

  43. Sesrch for a video called illumimatoi wife tells all. Its about a high ranking military persons wife (groggs) telling whats going on. It will explain all thiss

  44. Not trying to start a heated debate or argument, but I really need to let this out: One reason why even today people don't think women should be allowed in combat, is because "men have an instinct to protect women, therefore a male soldier would be too distracted because he'd be trying to protect the woman next to him." Well then, why are sexual harassment and sexual assault (up to and including rape) even problems in the first place? Just saying.


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