‘Invisible War’ comes into view

There’s a scandal brewing in a place where one would hope it never would appear: within the ranks of the U.S. armed forces.

It involves the shocking rate of sexual assaults committed against those who swear to defend the nation against all enemies. On Monday night, the latest Independent Lens segment peels the skin off that scandal to reveal what has gotten attention of the military brass all the way to the commander in chief himself.

“The Invisible War” chronicles the sexual assault epidemic within the military ranks. It airs Monday at 9 p.m. on KACV-TV.

Independent Lens is a series of documentaries produced and directed by independent filmmakers. Its content is revealing, complete, well-researched and thought-provoking. “The Invisible War” fits the bill to the letter.

Produced and directed by Kirby Dick, “The Invisible War” tells a chilling tale that all Americans should heed.

The PBS website, pbs.org/independentlens, notes the following: “The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 22,800 violent sex crimes in the military in 2011. Among all active-duty female soldiers, 20 percent are sexually assaulted. Female soldiers age 18 to 21 accounted for more than half of the victims.”

President Obama recently threw down the gauntlet to the military chain of command, declaring that these incidents will not be tolerated. He has demanded a full accounting and pledged to employ the power of his office to deal harshly with those who perpetrate these assaults.

Independent Lens has scored another timely direct hit on a compelling issue of the day.

“The Invisible War” is about to be brought into the open — where it belongs and where it should remain for all to see.


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