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Documentary focuses on sexual assault in our military

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  • The story of Marine Lt. Elle Helmer is featured in the documentary, "The Invisible War" to be shown Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Elgin. After reporting that she was raped by a superior officer, Helmer instead was investigated, prosecuted and eventually forced to leave the Marine Corps.

      The story of Marine Lt. Elle Helmer is featured in the documentary, "The Invisible War" to be shown Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Elgin. After reporting that she was raped by a superior officer, Helmer instead was investigated, prosecuted and eventually forced to leave the Marine Corps.
    Courtesy of Cinedigm/Docurama Films

 

Submitted by AAUW

The Schaumburg branch of the American Association of University Women, along with the Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia and Elgin AAUW, will sponsor the viewing of the documentary, "The Invisible War" from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin.

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The documentary, which focuses on sexual assault in the military, was the winner of the 2012 U.S. Documentary Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Seattle Film Festival. The writer and director Kirby Dick is an Academy and Emmy Award nominated documentary director. His recent films include "Outrage" and "This Film is Not Yet Rated."

Johanna Buwalda, director of mental health at the VVAW Military Veterans Counseling in Chicago, will be available for a question-and-answer session.

If you are interested in attending, call Anne at (630) 289-9096 or Judy at (847) 891-6147.

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