How The Invisible War Brought the Issue of Military Sexual Assault to Capitol Hill

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks about how the documentary spurred legislative changes

After THE INVISIBLE WAR (2012) — a documentary exposing the rape epidemic in the United States military — was finished, it screened multiple times for members of congress. Following her viewing, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand — the chair of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services — began working towards passing comprehensive legislation addressing this egregious issue. On The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, the senator spoke about how the film’s advocacy had helped bring this conversation to the forefront.