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The Invisible War

The Human Face of the

Military Sexual Assault Epidemic

The sexual assault epidemic remains — judging by recent developments — virulent.

One step forward, two steps backward is an excessively charitable way to describe DoD disarray in combatting this plague.

After all, what, exactly, does “zero tolerance” mean when some 26,000 members of the armed forces were sexually assaulted in 2012?”

Even after repeated admonitions from judges, defense lawyers   badgered the witness with questions — apparently permitted under the UCMJ — that would have led to sanctions if not disbarment in any other state or federal court.

We have little doubt that the UCMJ demands significant revision. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s The Military Justice Improvement Act  would interject legally trained officers into the process and  certainly a starting point.

But as AND Director Cdr. Darlene Iskra’s suggests, in the latest Advocate ‘the rapists will keep raping until someone stops them.’

Throughout history our military has successfully addressed problems other segments of society couldn’t.  And they did it through discipline and leadership.

Yes, we need to change laws.  Yes we must encourage changes (like the end of the direct combat exclusion) that devalue women’s contributions to a strong military.

But in the end it’s about leadership.

And leadership that does not actively and vigorously stand against sexual assault al every level encourages it.

The time for action is now! AND is deploying every resource at our disposal in order to fight this scourge with words and deeds.

When it comes to rape, everyone must pick sides.

You’re either with the victim or with the rapist.

Join us in siding with the women and men who have victimized by a system that — noble words aside — has all too often sided with the rapist.

As DoD officials call for more study on UCMJ changes many say would enhance protection for sexual assault victims and continue to struggle with efforts to stem the military rape epidemic, Australia's army chief, Gen. David Morrison, is getting rave reviews for a blistering video he released last month demanding, through clenched teeth, that sexists in his country's military mend their ways or find another place to work.  View that video here

Registration Now Open!

Officer Women Leadership Symposium (OWLS) and Career Coaching Workshop

3-5 April, 2014

Lead In: Breaking Barriers to Success

Register now for the Officer Women Leadership Symposium! At this exciting event we will explore how to break through the barriers women face that prevent them from reaching their full potential in the workplace. We will access new ideas and discuss opportunities for overcoming cultural and societal obstacles that may limit women's ability to reach the highest levels of leadership. OWLS will offer attendees the opportunity to network and interact with colleagues and leaders with a diverse range of expertise, interests and experiences from all the services and veteran communities.


The  Officer Women Leadership Symposium (OWLS) will be held 4-5 April, 2014 at the Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.  This event is designed to inspire, inform and connect current, future and former women military officers from all the military services regardless of commissioning source.  Officers, senior enlisted women (E7+) and veteran women are highly encouraged to attend.  Don't miss this incredible event!  Register now at:  


Career Coaching Workshop to be held 3 April 2014


Directly preceding the OWLS, the Career Coaching Workshop is a full day designed to assist military officer and senior enlisted women in career transition after their military service, and veteran officer women who are considering a career change and are interested in improving their career success. The Career Workshop will include a variety of sessions designed to help transitioning women:

· finding the best career fit that fuels personal passions

· career options and the skills needed to succeed in various industries

· the art of conducting a successful interview

creating a winning resume and developing strategies for career success

Opportunities will also be available for attendees to network with top-caliber, military friendly companies specifically interested in military women for their integrity, work ethic and leadership skills.  


Register now at: Contact Aida Spalding with any questions 

The push to strip commanders of their authority to prosecute sexual assault cases got a boost from an official Pentagon advisory group that is calling on military leaders to support the proposed law.

DACOWITS, voted on Friday to support the controversial bill that is gaining steam, albeit slowly, on Capitol Hill.

The measure would remove from the chain of command the authority to investigate and prosecute sexual assault cases, along with many other serious crimes, and hand that over to an independent office of high-ranking military lawyers.

“To ensure the strong military justice system that is essential to preventing sexual assault and other serious crimes, DoD should support legislation to remove these decisions from the chain of command and make decision-making in the military justice system more independent and impartial,” the panel recommended last week.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and most of the Pentagon’s top brass oppose the measure, saying it could undermine commanders’ authority, threaten good order and discipline in the ranks and limit commanders’ ability to crack down on sexual assault— Military Times

Combat Exclusion Implementation

To engender real, meaningful change, friends of military women must hold our leaders ‘feet to the fire’ to ensure this groundbreaking change in policy is implemented expeditiously and in line with the intent of total integration based on gender neutral, performance-based standards. If the DoD can’t make it happen administratively, AND supports efforts to seek a judicial remedy.


Sexual Assault

AND strongly believes that rape is NOT an ‘occupational hazard’ of serving in the U.S. military.  Sexual assault is a crime that can only flourish only in a leadership vacuum.  Civilian and military leaders have ‘talked the talk’ on assault prevention. Join us in demanding that they now ‘walk the walk,’ matching tough words with tough deeds to eradicate this epidemic.



One of the best ways to understand the enormity of military sexual assault as well as its impact on women — and men — who serve is to view the The Invisible War. This award-winning documentary, features interviews with veterans who recount the events surrounding their assaults. Their stories show many common themes, such as the lack of recourse to an impartial justice system, reprisals against survivors instead of against perpetrators, the absence of adequate emotional and physical care for survivors, the unhindered advancement of perpetrators' careers, and the forced expulsion of survivors from the service.

Where AND Stands:

Stop the Military Sexual Assault Epidemic!


Strip COs’ Ability to Prosecute Sexual Assault

AND Calls for Action Now on

Combat Exclusion Implementation,

Military Sexual Assault Epidemic


Shape up or get out!- Aussie General

The Invisible War is available on DVD and/or download Netflix, Amazon and most places where videos are sold.

The Invisible War is available on DVD and/or download Netflix, Amazon and most places where videos are sold.

Spring 2014 Advocate

Now Online

The Spring 2014 edition of the Alliance for National Defense Advocate newsletter is online and available for download:


This special edition focuses on the continuing epidemic of sexual assaults faced by military women and men. We believe that it is time for the entire community to come together in order to develop new and innovative ways to ‘inoculate’ the services against this scourge.


Your ideas and input are sincerely solicited. Please see the Advocate for details.


We sincerely solicit your  input — ideas both large and small — on ways and means of getting this must-do job done right and fast.