Please give film fest credit to AAUW

November 9, 2012

We were delighted to see Molly MacMillan’s article, “Film fest panel to take on military gender discrimination,” in the Nov. 2 edition of the Cape Gazette.

However, we were disappointed in the lack of recognition given to the American Association of University Women Delaware and its Coastal-Georgetown Branch for the roles they played in the showing of the film “The Invisible War,” and in arranging the panel discussion.

AAUW Delaware made a financial contribution to the Rehoboth Film Festival to sponsor the film’s three showings.  AAUW Coastal-Georgetown members deserve credit for making the panel discussion possible. The discussion includes a survivor of military rape, her family, a George Washington University professor who taught class on "The Invisible War" and two rape counselors.  Rebecca Stone was assaulted while serving in Iraq.  Back in the States, she and her husband, Jonathon, have formed a group called W.A.R., Walk Against Rape.

AAUW National has also given funds to help continue the law suits filed by victims.  So far, the courts have held that rape is an occupational hazard of the military.

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.  For more information, please visit our website,

Mary Beth Crafts
Wave Starnes
AAUW Delaware

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