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Documentary focuses on sexual assaults in the U.S. military

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Submitted by Oakton Community College

The most shocking cover up in the United States military is not what you might expect: An estimated 30 percent of servicewomen are sexually assaulted during their enlistment. Learn more about this epidemic of violence in the armed forces at a free screening of "The Invisible War," a 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Film, at Oakton Community College.

Presented by Women's and Gender Studies at Oakton, screenings are scheduled at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the college's Des Plaines campus, Room 1604, and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Ave., Room P103.

Directed by Kirby Dick, the hard-hitting film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the U.S. Documentary Audience Award. In addition, the Chicago Film Critics Association named "The Invisible War" as the Best Documentary of 2012 and Time honored the movie as One of the 10 Best Films of the Year.

The screening will be followed by a discussion. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Kathleen Carot at (847) 376-7061 or