National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: January 2, 2014

National Archives at Kansas City

The Invisible War Documentary and Discussion at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…On Thursday, January 16 at 6:00 p.m. the National Archives at Kansas City, in partnership with the American Association of University Women, will host a screening and discussion of the film, The Invisible War. A 5:30 p.m. reception will precede the lecture.

The Invisible War is an Academy Award© nominated documentary that recounts the experiences of veterans who have been sexually assaulted while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The film features interviews with the veterans who tell their stories 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 service.

Interspersed with first person testimonies are interviews with advocates, journalists, mental health professionals, active duty and retired generals, Department of Defense officials, and members of the military justice system. The film also includes footage, often shot by the veterans themselves, which documents their lives and continuing struggles in the aftermath of their assaults. The survivors and advocates featured in the film call for changes to the way the military handles sexual assault, such as shifting prosecution away from unit commanders.

The film was written and directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering and Tanner King Barklow. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the U.S. Documentary Audience Award. In addition the film was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 Academy Awards©.

To make a reservation for this free program call 816-268-8010 or email

Following the screening speakers will answer questions related to the film topic. Speakers include Sandra Reddish, a retired U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant who handled sexual assault cases in the Marine Corps legal department; and Keith Bradley, Prevention Services Coordinator from the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA).

About the Speakers:

Keith Bradley, is the prevention services coordinator at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault in Kansas City and has been with MOCSA for over four years. Bradley works to provide sexual violence prevention education to the greater Kansas City community, primarily with middle and high school students, but also with college and adult men to reduce sexual violence in the community. Prior to his work at MOCSA, Bradley ran after school programs for homeless and inner-city youth for an organization in Kansas City. He and his family reside in Kansas City and he is currently pursuing a master's degree in public administration.

Sandra Reddish, is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant who handled sexual assault cases in the Marine Corps legal department. Since retiring from military service she has pursued a career in public history. She has a masterís degree in History and is pursuing a doctorate from Kansas State University. Reddish has written numerous articles on Kansas history, military history, and has presented on documenting oral history. She currently serves as an educator at the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

The American Association of University Women is a non-profit organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. The organization has a nationwide network of 150,000 members, 1,500 branches, and 500 college and university partners. Its headquarters are in Washington, DC.

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