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Documentary, panel to focus on sexual assault

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Marshall University Women's Center, in conjunction with CONTACT Rape Crisis Center, will sponsor a screening of "The Invisible War," an investigative documentary about rape within the U.S. military. It will be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the Multi-Purpose Room, BE5, of the Memorial Student Center, and is free and open to the public.

Immediately following the screening, there will be a panel discussion regarding treatment of military sexual assault and victim advocacy.

Panelists will include treatment providers from the Huntington Veterans Administration, Marshall Counseling Center and CONTACT Rape Crisis Center of Huntington. Representatives from Marshall Psychology Clinic will also be available to provide information about mental health treatment.

The film follows several veteran survivors of military sexual assault who tell their powerfully emotional stories and efforts to rebuild their lives and seek justice, while revealing the systemic cover-up of rapes within the military.

The Women's Center is hosting this event as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Other events include "Red Flag Day" on Marshall's Huntington campus on Thursday, April 24, which encourages students to identify red flags for stalking, sexual assault and relationship violence.

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