Students to host a screening of ‘The Invisible War’

Oct 27, 2014

Delaware Valley College’s chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is hosting a screening of “The Invisible War” Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building auditorium. The film is an investigative documentary about the rape of soldiers within the U.S. military. The screening is free and open to the public.

Tiffany Berkland will introduce the film and discuss her personal experience in the U.S. Coast Guard. Berkland did not report the harassment she was experiencing at first because she was afraid of being kicked out of the Coast Guard, but came forward when she learned of other victims of the same commander.

The filmmakers created the documentary to “expose the epidemic of sexual assault in the military—one of the most under-reported stories of our generation.” 

Since “The Invisible War” premiered at Sundance, the film has been circulating through the highest levels of the Pentagon and the administration and has had a positive impact. After former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta watched “The Invisible War” he directed military commanders to hand over all sexual assault investigations to a higher-ranking colonel and announced that each branch of the armed forces would establish a Special Victims Unit.

The DelVal chapter of AAUW is showing the film to raise awareness and inspire people on campus and in the surrounding community to take action. The event is a part of the AAUW’s Week of Women. During October the students are raising awareness about violence against women.