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‘The Invisible War’ Brings Rape in the Military Into Focus

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Posted on Jan 25, 2012

Here’s a brief but affecting glimpse of “The Invisible War,” a new documentary, currently making its film festival debut at Sundance, exposing the insidious epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. armed forces, or Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and what isn’t being done about it. Read more about the film and the cause on the project’s official site here—KA

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By SumWoman, January 29, 2012 at 9:57 am Link to this comment

so let me get this straight…

men trained in groups to KILL human beings on command, without regard for due process, innocence or age
are failing to act in a caring and compassionate manner for human beings.

....and for some reason this is surprising?

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By Thanatos Sunbum, January 29, 2012 at 9:15 am Link to this comment
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The thing I find very twisted about the whole sexual violence issue is twofold: First it seem ironic to me that the males of our culture have been raised pretty much exclusively by women for at least one hundred years and this, rapists, is how they turn out. Kinda makes me wonder what is going on. In my case I was so severely abused by the women in my family (made my violent father look like a Saint)that I am surprised I haven’t ended up some kind of violent woman hater - I just avoid them and their bullshit at all costs. Second, we ain’t seen nothing yet - a couple of generations of boys have had NO meaningful roles in our society and a frightening number of them are in their basements watching violent porn and playing violent video games. That looks like training for rape gangs and drone pilots which will be growth occupations as Empire expands the need so steal resources from brown people the world over in order to maintain this “non-negotiable lifestyle.” We are letting this happen, nay, we have created this so why are we surprised when the fruit of our negligence ripens. Wait until the collapse and these legions of angry, horny, disenfranchised young men come out of their basements hungry and horny looking for food and pussy. Just saying ...

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By Kal Palnicki, January 29, 2012 at 5:02 am Link to this comment
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The military will not deal with this matter till it is forced to do so by an outside force.

Under no circumstances will the military ever censure its own people unless publicly embarrassed and general officers are threatened with demotion to enlisted ranks and courts martial. 

Make no mistake about it. Just as police officers are aware of those among them who are on the take or indulging in criminal actions yet decline to deal with them or physicians know who among them is burying his many mistakes, no one will speak out and start a purge of the evil ones.

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By EmileZ, January 28, 2012 at 5:53 am Link to this comment

This is so incredibly fucked up. I will definately watch the film. This looks like another film that should cause an uproar, which I fear will be seen and acknowledged by almost no one, for all intents and purposes, but we’ll see.

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By LadyR, January 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm Link to this comment
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Gerard, excellent commentary.  It will be interesting to see what comments ensue from yours.

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By gerard, January 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm Link to this comment

The gruesome similarities between war and rape need to be pointed out and recognized because people have to learn how to stop both types of violent crime.
  People who think of war as an honorable and inevitable activity are over-hyped on gaining dominance by the use of force against those who are weaker than they.
  In order to conduct war, training in physical and mental cruelty and encouragement to invade the human rights and the bodies of other human beings is essential. That’s why it is essential to try to “dehumanize” the “others.”
  The result of rapacious activity is a decrease and/or elimination of vital emotions reqired to care for others. Once damaged or destroyed, these vital emotions are hard to replace, often permanently damaging to human emotions, with ripple effects on others.
  Violence is most “successful” when it overcomes those who are weaker than perpetrators, which smells and feels cowardly though nobody will admit it.
  War depends on acts of gang aggression, of which rape is one. Not reporting and caring for victims is a sign of “gang loyalty” not to"squeal” In other words, moral cowardice.
  The resemblance of many weapons to extended male genitalia is probably not purely coincidental.
  Reflecting on the possibility of such analogies, one can only hope and pray for more awareness of what passes for “male psychology” and how men can learn to reconcile their caring impulses with war and consider the freeing possibilities of nonviolence as opposed to the repressive regimentation and forced aggression of war.

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