‘Invisible War’ to be seen once more

Some programming is worth seeing a second time — and even more.

PBS’s Independent Lens series is making an encore presentation of a program that shed light on a shameful truth about the U.S. military.

“The Invisible War” will re-air Monday night at 9 p.m. on Panhandle PBS. Its topic? The epidemic of rape within the military ranks.


The production is the work of filmmaker Kirby Dick, who told PBS he had hoped the film would “gather a critical mass of attention on the epidemic of sexual assault in the military and change policy.”

Did it ever.

General-grade officers have lost their jobs. President Barack Obama says that as commander in chief, he will stop at nothing to stop these attacks on those who are serving their country.

The film drew praise from MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and from U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillebrand, D-N.Y., who has introduced legislation seeking remedies to this horrific problem.

It’s been said that women serving in a combat zone are more apt to be raped than killed by enemy fire. “The Invisible War” sheds important light on this crisis among the ranks.

The link attached to this blog notes that “Twenty percent of active-duty female soldiers are sexually assaulted while serving.” That’s one out of every five women. That any single woman would be subject to this kind of violence is bad enough, but 20 percent of them is way beyond any definition of decency.

Independent Lens, as usual, comes through with a gripping documentary on a sad sign of the times.


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