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The Oscar nominated documentary ‘The Invisible War’ paints a startling picture of ‘the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.’ The documentary investigates the sexual assaults, pointing out that in 2010 over 10,000 sex crimes were committed by military members. The movie had some help along the way by a congresswoman from Maine.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D - ME) has been one of several congresswomen pushing for better treatment of sexually abused women while serving in the military.

Last year, she became involved with the producers of the documentary ‘The Invisible War.’ Congresswoman Pingree opened the doors to her Washington office to receive several sexually abused military members who shared their stories.

The Oscar nominations were announced on Thursday. Willy Ritch, spokesperson for Congresswoman Pingree said the congresswoman was honored.

‘The Invisible War’ is a tribute to the men and women who have survived sexual assault in the military and were brave enough to share their stories,’ Ritch said.

Congresswoman Pingree currently has a bill in congress that will make it easier on veterans who have survived sexual abuse to receive benefits.

 

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