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Feb. 25-26: Two events focus on military sexual assault

FREDERICK, Md.—Two events that take a close look at sexual assault in the military will be held at Hood College in February.

An award-winning documentary, The Invisible War, will be screened Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the College's Hodson Science and Technology Center, Room 131. The 2012 film explores the increasing incidents of violent sexual assault within the U.S military.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received the U.S Documentary Audience Award. It is also the recipient of a Peabody Award and an Emmy for best documentary feature and outstanding investigative journalism, and was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature.

Kristen Leslie, professor of pastoral theology and care at Eden Theological Seminary and an ordained Methodist minister, will give a talk entitled Betrayal by Friendly Fire: Healing From Military Sexual Assault, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the hospitality suite in the College's athletic center. She is a national expert on issues related to military sexual assault and womanist and feminist pastoral counseling, particularly on issues for survivors of acquaintance rape.

A reception will follow the talk.

For more information, contact Paige Eager at