Documentary Sheds Light on the Alarming Statistics of Women Who Have Experienced Sexual Assault While Serving in the U.S.Military

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“Women of War”, a compelling new documentary produced by Gerry Gillock and filmmaker Phil Valentine takes a brutal look at the pride and pain that America’s female fighting force encounters when they choose to charge front and center into some of America’s most horrific battles. It also examines how PTSD manifests itself differently in women and questions why little is being done to reduce the accelerating rates of homelessness, substance abuse, divorce and suicide among America’s bravest women.

Award winning filmmaker Phil Valentine interviewed a substantial number of females who served in the U.S. military to produce the compelling documentary, "Women of War." In a recent interview Phil Valentine commented, "recognizing the problem is the first step towards finding solutions." The documentary is a close examination into the alarming statistics of sexual abuse in the military.

The statistics on sexual assault in the military is at an all-time high. One-third of women in the military said they were sexually harassed, a number 500% higher than their male counterparts, according to the latest Pentagon survey. The data was compiled by the Defense Manpower Data Center from a survey of 24,000 service members.

In 2010, nearly 2700 sexual assaults were reported by people in uniform. But the looming question remains, how many were not reported? From a recent investigation, 80% of sexual assaults in the military are NOT reported so how many women in our military are being sexually harassed, assaulted and traumatized and more importantly, why is the military not doing more to protect them?

Since the beginning of the war in Iraq sexual assaults in the military jumped nearly 40% by 2005 and another 24% on top of that in 2006.

About "Women of War"

“Women of War” (WOW) is a sometime tender, sometimes brutal look at the pride and pain that America’s female fighting force encounters when they choose to charge front and center in some of America’s most horrific battles. It also examines how PTSD manifests itself differently in women and questions why little is being done to reduce the accelerating rates of homelessness, substance abuse, divorce and suicide among America’s bravest women.

Produced by the filmmakers of the award winning 2009 documentary “Who Will Stand” “Women of War” will examine what strides have been made since their “Who Will Stand” first brought these relatively unknown issues to the American public.

To contact Phil Valentine for speaking engagements related to the documentary contact: Deborah Hayter, Publicist, debhayterpr(at)aol(dot)com

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