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UNI brings awareness to sexual assault with showing of The Invisible War

October 11, 2012
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Jennifer Suchan, coordinator, military and veteran student services, 319-273-2278, jennifer.suchan@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Military and Veteran Student Services Committee, UNI Veterans Association and the Master of Social Work Student Association are bringing awareness to the issues of sexual assault and rape in the U.S. Military with a showing of the film "The Invisible War."

According to the Department of Defense and the Service Women's Action Network), one out of every five female service members is sexually assaulted or raped during service, and 1 percent of men in the military (nearly 20,000 men) were reportedly assaulted in 2009. Estimates suggest that since WWII more than a half-million service men and women have been sexually assaulted. "The Invisible War," a documentary by Kirby Dick, is an investigative look into the occurrence of rape and sexual assault of soldiers and the personal and social consequences. The film received the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Lang Hall Auditorium, followed by a question and answer session. The panel will include Annette Lynch, director of the UNI Center for Violence Prevention; Mark Rowe-Barth, substance abuse and violence intervention services coordinator; Lt. Col. Michael Kuehn, Iowa National Guard judge advocate general officer; Lt. Col. Mary Parmenter, branch chief for the prevention resilience response and outreach for the Iowa National Guard; and Linda Fangman, a Black Hawk County prosecutor specializing in sexual assault cases. The event is free and open to the public.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley will also speak at the event.

For more information, contact Jennifer Suchan, coordinator of military and veteran student services, at 319-273-2278 or jennifer.suchan@uni.edu.