The Military Still Fosters a Culture of Abuse Toward Women

Two Years after The Invisible War

Released in 2012, the documentary The Invisible War shined a light on sexual abuse within the U.S. Armed Forces and the military’s alleged inability or unwillingness to bring perpetrators to justice. The film earned applause from critics and an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

Two years later, sexual abuse remains the shame of our armed forces, according to Sarah L. Blum, a Vietnam veteran nurse, who not only collected the stories of scores of women who were sexually abused while in the military but also experienced it personally, along with reprisal for standing up to a colonel. Blum will tell listeners:

  • The 58 women veterans she interviewed suffered severe retaliation for reporting sexual attacks, revealing a culture of abuse toward women in the military that must end.
  • Civilians can help solve the problem by urging their members of Congress to look seriously at the abuse culture and the recalcitrance of our military, and then pass legislation that takes the reporting and investigation of military sexual assaults out of the chain of command.
  • If not solved, this epidemic will destroy the military from the inside out.

CREDENTIALS: Sarah L. Blum, author of WOMEN UNDER FIRE: Abuse in the Military, is a Vietnam veteran nurse who earned the Army Commendation Medal serving as an operating room nurse at the 12th Evacuation Hospital in Cu Chi, Vietnam, in 1967 and was one of the first two women elected to the National Board of Directors of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Blum is a nurse psychotherapist.

AVAILABILITY: WA, nationwide by arrangement and via telephone

CONTACT: Sarah Blum, (253) 939-8796 (WA); nursescribe@q.com

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