Student group to screen film to raise awareness of military rape

Kori Cioca, of the U.S. Coast Guard, looks out her window in a shot from "The Invisible War," a Cinedigm/Docurama Films release. Photo courtesy of

Kori Cioca, U.S. Coast Guard, looks out her window in a shot from “The Invisible War,” a Cinedigm/Docurama Films release. Photo courtesy of

The members of Kellogg Community College’s student-led Healthy Choices Leadership Organization will seek to increase awareness of rape in the U.S. military with a screening of the documentary “The Invisible War” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16.

The documentary – which will be shown in the college’s Binda Theatre, 450 North Ave., Battle Creek – is billed as “a groundbreaking investigation about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.”

It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2012, among other honors and awards, and was dubbed one of the 10 best films of the year by Time magazine.

Clinical psychologist Rita Kenyon-Jump, a military sexual trauma coordinator at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center, called the documentary “a powerfully honest and emotionally compelling portrayal of sexual trauma in our armed forces.”

“The voices in the film accurately reflect the very real experiences of trauma and betrayal heard by mental health professionals throughout VA Medical Centers across the nation,” Kenyon-Jump said.

The documentary will be presented in conjunction with representatives from community partners including the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center, Sexual Assault Services of Battle Creek and the Battle Creek VA Medical Center.

The screening event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Joyce E. Siegel at or by calling Sexual Assault Services at 269-245-3925. For more information about the film, including press photos, visit

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