WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A documentary with a Cape Fear connection is up for an Oscar on Sunday night.
The Invisible War highlights the issue of rape in the armed forces and how it's covered up. The Department of Defense says about 19,000 people are raped or sexually assaulted in the military each year.
One first-hand account comes from Elle Helmer Woods of Wilmington. In the film, she explains how she was assaulted and no one would do anything about it.
"It truly was a being invisible," says Woods of the 2006 assault. "Nobody seemed to know or care, or know what to do, being in that situation six years ago was horrible."
Woods says she is grateful for how much exposure the documentary has brought to the issue, and is hoping the Oscar buzz will do more to stop sexual assaults from happening in the future.
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