Kirby Dick

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  • Kirby Dick commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The Invisible War

    2012-06-25 17:04:10View | Delete

    They enter for the reason men enter – to serve their country, or because their relatives have served and had a wonderful experience. We should all continue to urge the military to do everything it can to protect the people who are protecting us. I want to thank everyone who wrote in with a question. And if you haven’t seen the film, try to see it – go to the website invisiblewarmovie.com for the theaters it is in. Best, Kirby

  • Kirby Dick commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The Invisible War

    2012-06-25 16:51:03View | Delete

    Some of the subjects we found though Susan Burke’s lawsuit. Some we found through victim advocate’s – especially Susan Avila-Smith. Many we found through the internet.

  • Kirby Dick commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The Invisible War

    2012-06-25 16:33:25View | Delete

    As far as we know, no one did anything to hinder the film. But many many people, not only survivors, who knew about how extensive this epidemic was were afraid to talk on the record.

  • Kirby Dick commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The Invisible War

    2012-06-25 16:31:03View | Delete

    Many survivors said they really only had three choices – AWOL, suicide, or suck it up. Nearly every survivor in our film either seriously considered suicide or attempted suicide (some multiple times). Most people believe that victims of rape in the military end up committing suicide. It’s very tragic.

  • Kirby Dick commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The Invisible War

    2012-06-25 16:28:25View | Delete

    Because of the Feres Doctrine, a Supreme Court decision, you cannot sue in civilian courts if you were raped in the military. This is the Supreme Court decision Susan Burke hopes to eventually get overturned.

  • Kirby Dick commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The Invisible War

    2012-06-25 16:25:19View | Delete

    As many or more men as women are assaulted in the military. Most men in the military are horrified by this. Most of these rapes are committed by a small percentage of serial perps who do assault again and again. These perps are really “enemies within” that the military has not done enough to catch and incarcerate.

  • Kirby Dick commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The Invisible War

    2012-06-25 16:21:05View | Delete

    The VA has huge problems ensuring that veterans receive their proper benefits for many physical or psychological wounds. They have a particularly poor record in getting the proper benefits to victims of military sexual trauma.

  • Kirby Dick commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The Invisible War

    2012-06-25 16:15:44View | Delete

    Panetta’s changes were long overdue. His most important change was to elevate the decision to investigate and prosecute these crimes from the level of unit commander to colonel. Unfortunately he kept the decision in the chain of command, where there are many opportunities for conflicts of interest. The decision has to be taken out of the chain of command, otherwise many of these crimes will not be prosecuted.

  • Kirby Dick commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The Invisible War

    2012-06-25 16:10:35View | Delete

    The appeal has not yet been heard. Susan Burke has filed to other lawsuits in different jurisdictions in hopes that they might be more successful.

  • Kirby Dick commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: The Invisible War

    2012-06-25 16:09:00View | Delete

    My producer, Amy Ziering, and I read an article by Helen Benedict in Salon about the epidemic. We did additional research and realized the problem was even worse on all levels. This is an issue that has been covered up for several generations and we decided that it was necessary that a film be made about it.

  • Kirby Dick commented on the blog post Lakeside Diner

    2012-06-25 15:42:15View | Delete

    hi