The Hunting Ground

Few documentary makers see their work bring results as substantial as those witnessed by producer Amy Ziering and writer-director Kirby Dick when The Invisible War, their exposé of sexual assault in the U.S. military, was screened for secretary of defense Leon Panetta in April 2012. One of the key problems identified in the movie was the policy requiring any military assault victim to report the incident directly to his or her commanding officer, who might be friends with the perpetrator or might even be the perpetrator himself. The day after seeing The Invisible War, however, Panetta ordered this policy changed so that victims file reports of sexual assault further up the chain of command, to a colonel or higher-ranking officer. Continue reading >>