Famed documentary screens on Monday

The award-winning documentary The Invisible War is coming to the Avon Theatre in Stamford for a free screening, Monday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. with a panel discussion to follow.

The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem of sexual assault in the military . The number of assaults in the last decade alone is believed to be in the hundreds of thousands. Focusing on the powerful stories of multiple rape victims, The Invisible War is an indictment of the systemic cover-up of military sex crimes, chronicling women’s struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. It also features interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm of conditions that exist for rape in the military, its long-hidden history and what can be done to bring about much-needed change.

“Sometimes a news item reaches out from the radio and grabs you by throat and you know you have to write about it,” said Sarah Darer Littman, a noted Greenwich author and columnist who arranged the screening when she heard that a female serving in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan was more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.

Ms. Littman worked with Ivonne Zucco, Executive Director of The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling to make the screening a reality.

Director Kirby Dick says the rape survivors featured in the film agreed to participate on condition that it not be an anti-military film.

“All of our subjects were very idealistic and proud to have served,” Mr. Dick said. “Regardless of one’s opinion of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, we all can agree that people risking their lives should be protected from assault by their own soldiers. The military is the most effective fighting force when it comes to dealing with the enemy without. It’s really now time for them to start dealing with the enemy within.”

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