Justice Denied is his story and the story of all of our active Military and our Veterans who do. The Military, the VA and the public are finally starting to wake up and become aware of what this blight on our Armed Forces is doing not only to the survivors, but to their families, their communities and our readiness to defend our Country. They’re realizing that the problem must be solved. Unfortunately efforts so far amount to not much more than band-aid treatment. We need serious change in the Culture of the Military and civilian oversight.
The Department of Defense says that some 19,000 cases of sexual assault per year are perpetrated and less than a 20% reported. The DoD says half of those are women and half are men. The incidence of sexual assault among the female population is higher but the numbers are roughly even. That's because there are more men than women in the military.
But wait, "Men in the Military don't get raped." Yes they do, and it's time to hear from them. Women have been courageously speaking up and doing so loudly. They are getting venues and platforms and audiences to tell their stories. Now it's time for the men to join their voices to the effort.
Justice Denied will tell what happens when an incident occurs and when it is (or not) reported and will set up a solution to make it safer for victims to come forward and report these crimes. We'll look at the Culture of the Military to see why it's not safe to report occurrences now. Our primary goal with this movie is to let male survivors know it’s ok to come forward and get treatment and let them know what kind of therapies (traditional and non-traditional) are available to them. It will hopefully also be a vehicle to lend the men's voices and experiences to the effort to get bill HR3435 out of committee, passed by both houses, and signed by the President.