Documentary on Male Sexual Assault in the US Armed Forces to Debut at the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience
Producers of the film JUSTICE DENIED, a new documentary that takes a no-holds-barred look at sexual assault on men within the ranks of America’s armed forces and the service members who must live with the aftermath of those attacks for the rest of their lives, have announced that the movie will have its premier screening at The Albuquerque Film and Media Experience in June. The screening will take place on June 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre in Albuquerque, NM.
JUSTICE DENIED painstakingly explores what happens when a male active service member is sexually assaulted by another member and when and why it is or is not reported and the devastating effects it has on its victims. Through interviews with victims, their families, professionals, and their allies, the film looks carefully at the Culture of the Military to examine why it’s not safe to report occurrences under current rules.
9 Point Productions, the producing team behind the film says it’s taken more than a year to complete the interviews and finish the movie, but they’re pleased that it is finally finished and proud of the finished movie.
The Department of Defense says that some 19,000 cases of sexual assault per year are perpetrated with less than a 20% reporting ratio. By their own numbers, the Department of Defense says a little less than half of those are women and a little more than half are men. And while the incidence of sexual assault among the female population is higher, the numbers are roughly even because there are more men than women in the military.
“We feel deeply honored to have been entrusted with these painful and often heart-wrenching stories and given the opportunity to help make the public aware of this rarely discussed, and institutionally ignored blight on the American Armed Forces,” said Michael Miller, the film’s director and co-producer. “These stories are agonizingly painful for the men in our film to live through again and it’s taken an incredible amount of courage for them to step forward.”
The Albuquerque Film & Media Experience, taking place June 3-9, 2013, is a socially conscious and impactful event that represents creative achievement in film, music, arts and entertainment.