There will be a showing of the “Invisible War”, a documentary film about sexual assault in the US Military.
More than 20 percent of female veterans have been sexually assaulted while serving; 80 percent of survivors do not report the incident. Claims are not treated seriously and the credibility of the victim is continually called into question. Rape cases are usually handled by men, as women are considered "too sympathetic" for the task.”
The movie will be followed by a panel consisting of Joyce Wagner, Francine Porter, Edith Bell and Scilla Wahrhaftig.
The AFSC PA will be joining as many as 30 different organizations in celebrating "One Billion Women Rising". Women from at least 188 countries around the world will be showing their collective strength and calling for an end to the abuse and rape of women.
In Pittsburgh we will be celebrating in Market Square with dance, spoken word, testimonies, etc.
Deysi is originally from El Salvador and came to the U.S. in 2004 seeking a peaceful life from a turbulent one in her country. She fell in love and began to live with her boyfriend. From the beginning, he abused her. In 2007, police were called because she suffered extreme injuries on her body and especially in her face. This time, Deysi told the police about the abuse she had endured for many years at the hands of her boyfriend. He was taken to jail and convicted of aggravated domestic battery and was placed in a domestic violence shelter.
Who we are
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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