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Art and Culture1 Updated: 2012-06-22 00:00:00 KST

It's Friday and it's the weekend. So this is the time to sleep in, eat lots, and get some rest. While doing all of this, why not go out and find some art and culture events, like exhibitions, movies, or concerts to see with your family and friends[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Well before I give the updates on films being released here in Korea, I brought along a very interesting and noteworthy documentary that will be released in the U.S. The film talks about the very sensitive subject of sexual assault in the U.S. military and I think it's important for everyone to be aware of what the victims are going through and find a solution to this ongoing problem. Let's take a look at what the film portrays.

"The Invisible War" is a documentary film about reported sexual assaults in the U.S. military.

Thousands of reports of sexual assault take place in the military every year and even before this film hit theaters, it is already having an impact in Washington.

The directors of the film, Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering explore rape in the U.S. armed forces and how the government handles-or mishandles- these cases.

[Interview : Kirby Dick, Director] "It's a systemic problem because the military, the Pentagon, the Department of Defense up until now have not taken on this issue and gone after these perpetrators, who are really serial perpetrators, they're the people who rape again and again, they have not gone after them with the same will that they fight a war. These are really enemies within and they need to go after them and take care of these people,"

The film is already having an impact. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has announced a change in the way in which reported rapes will be investigated in the military and stated that his decision was heavily influenced after seeing a screening of the film.

The biggest problem the victims face is that there is no court to handle the problem.

Only a commanding officer takes charge, but he or she then has the choice of taking responsibility or to just simply ignore it.

The film shows that too many of the times, the cases are ignored.

[Interview : Amy Ziering, Director] "When you get raped in civilian culture, the next day you don't necessarily have to report to work with your rapist. If you're raped in the military, you have to go to work the next day, your rapist has not yet been charged, he's usually a comrade, a buddy or a higher ranking official. You have to go keep on working with him. That's very psychologically traumatizing and damaging."

The directors claim that the end to this trauma in the military begins with educating the soldiers, just like the U.S. did during the civil rights movement with racial discrimination.

"The Invisible War" opens in select U.S. theaters on Friday.
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