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"Invisible War" Gets Free Screening at Akron Library

By Rich Heldenfels Published: July 25, 2013

The excellent film looks at sexual assault in the military. As I said after its DVD release, "The most painful parts are the stories by those raped; the most chilling is the afterword showing how some of their attackers have not only gone free but thrived. While the film was not widely seen, a viewing by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta led to immediate changes in policy."   

The official word: Pedal For Heroes USA, Red Bird Trauma Recovery Center and the Rape and Crisis Center of Summit and Medina Counties will offer a free screening of the film, THE INVISIBLE WAR. A 2012 documentary, THE INVISIBLE WAR depicts sexual assault in the United States military.

The free film will be screening in the auditorium of the Akron Library on High Street, on Wednesday, August 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The panel, moderated by Sherri Bevan Walsh, the Summit County Prosecutor, includes: two survivors of military sexual trauma, Patrick A. Palmieri, Ph.D. and Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress Summa Health System; Dana Zedak, Director of the Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties; and Shianne Eagleheart, native healer who is also a licensed counselor from The Red Bird Trauma Recovery Center.

"As citizens of this country, I feel it is our duty to serve our veterans.  We have historically underserved them," said Cassie Schumacher, co-founder of Pedal For Heroes USA. "THE INVISIBLE WAR exposes a truth that's been hidden and we need to stand with the survivors.  We'd like to invite the public to this free showing and panel discussion."

Meticulously researched, the film reveals that hundreds of thousands of service members have been assaulted over the past several decades, with nearly half of those assaulted being male. Combining interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress with the devastating testimony of veterans, the film catalogues the conditions that have protected perpetrators and allowed this epidemic to continue.

Both a comprehensive inquiry and an insight into what can be done to bring about much-needed change, THE INVISIBLE WAR urges us all, civilian and military alike, to fight for a system that protects our men and women in uniform.

THE INVISIBLE WAR compiles first person testimonies of their experience with sexual assault in the military. It includes accounts from veterans, journalists, mental health professionals, active duty and retired generals, Department of Defense Officials, and members of the military justice system. The documentary illustrates victims' struggles and highlights the lack of justice, sympathy and mental and physical care for them.


The film calls for changes to the means in which the military handles sexual assaults and encourage more victims to come forward and report their abuse. Counselors will be available at the event.

For more information, visit

About Pedal For Heroes

Pedal For Heroes is a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Northeast Ohio dedicated to helping veterans, serving military families and honoring fallen heroes. Their annual indoor event takes place on the last Sunday in February to honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. The organization offers bicycle programs for veterans and also supports healing efforts for veterans with PTSD at the Red Bird Trauma Recovery Center in Cambridge, Ohio. For more information, visit

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