Published in The Washington Post
By Garry Trudeau and Loree Sutton
The officer bragged to his fellow officer friends that he had ‘bagged’ me. I got called up to a major’s office, and he charged me with fraternization and adultery.
— An active-duty Marine, speaking of her rape, in “The Invisible War”
If there is a defining theme in all of the testimony in “The Invisible War,” the searing documentary film released this week about military sexual assault, it’s betrayal. An estimated 19,000 rapes and sexual assaults took place in the military last year. Every one of them represents a monstrous crime made much worse by the sense of betrayal that accompanied it. That so few victims — just one in seven — report these crimes underscores the utter lack of trust that pervades military culture.