EUGENE, Ore. — A local veteran and sexual assault survivor teamed up with students at the University of Oregon to spread awareness about sexual assault in the military.
Students will hold their annual Sexual Violence Prevention Week. The week kicks off with a screening of The Invisible War on Monday night. The film covers the subject of sexual assault in the military for women who are serving.
One local veteran, who’s also a sexual assault survivor said the film empowered her to speak out on the issue. For her, the problem bas been swept under the rug for too long and she hopes the film screening will encourage a change.
“I want people to get educated. I want people to learn that they can do things to stand with us, to stand beside us and help us change policy,” said Shelley Corteville, veteran and sexual assault survivor.
The event’s organizers say that reporting a sexual assault in the military is difficult and even dangerous.
The film will be shown the U of O Law School Building at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Organizers say they hope more people will want to stand up for sexual assault prevention after the week-long campaign.