It's truly shocking to learn not only the extent to which sexual assault is pervasive in the US military, but also the objectionable systems in place to deal with it. Victims are expected to "put up and shut up", with rape labelled as an 'occupational hazard' for women serving in the forces. The Invisible War asserts, through testimonies from those abused and legal officials, that the judicial processes in place not only fail to grasp the gravity of the situation, but actively persecute victims and protect perpetrators. The sickening fact is that for decades those in power have had sole discretion over charges despite often being an acquaintance of those guilty - if not the offender themselves.
Dick has chosen to concentrating on the only people he can, the (literally) traumatised victims and their families. In doing this, the film also highlights that the predators have just slunk off back into the homogeneous mass, camouflaged by an institution that fails to comprehend, or is unwilling to accept, the heinous crimes committed within its ranks. Although The Invisible War hardly breaks the mould in its execution, it makes for compelling - if appalling - viewing. It's subject is one that deserves to be shouted about and undoubtedly will, thanks to this blood-boiling documentary.