New YouTube Series Focuses on Sexual Assault in the Military

August 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Trigger warning.

WIGS, the YouTube channel dedicated to, “producing high-end, original, scripted series, short films, and documentaries, all starring female leads,” has a new 3 episode series called Lauren, which focuses on the challenges and barriers women service members face when they report crimes of sexual violence. The Defense Department estimates that 86% of sexual assaults in the military go unreported, because of lack of trust in the military prosecution system and fear of retaliation.

For more on the barriers faced by women service members:

“CNN reports that, according to testimony from a number of women across all branches of the armed forces, that women who allege sexual assault are often given a psychiatric diagnosis and discharge in the military’s ceaseless effort to protect us regular American citizens from its most pernicious attitudes about gender.” via Jezebel

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