To highlight Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is hosting screenings of “The Invisible War,” an Academy Award-nominated documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.
The film will be shown April 23 at 7 p.m. at The Ritz in Hinton. A $5 donation per person is requested and any monetary donations will be accepted.
Dee Sizemore, WRC public relations and fundraising development coordinator, said sexual assault is one of the most seriously underreported and under-prosecuted crimes in our communities.
The U.S. Department of Defense estimates that less than 14 percent of military sexual survivors actually report the crimes, according to the WRC, and in 2011, only 6 percent of the crimes that were reported actually led to a conviction.
“The Invisible War” 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 WRC is showing this film to rally for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have been assaulted and hopefully create a road map for change. The film has already helped change military policy, according to the WRC.
The film is not rated, but the subject matter is intended for mature audiences. Parental guidance is recommended.
The Ritz Theatre has donated the space and projection of this documentary.
All donations will benefit the WRC, which serves victims and survivors of domestic violence in Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas and Summers counties.
For more information about “The Invisible War” screenings and other Women’s Resource Center events and services, call 304-255-2559 or visit www.wrcwv.org.
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