USF Nursing’s Maureen Groer talks women veterans’ health in Uniform Betrayal: Rape in the Military documentary
HealthyState.org includes Maureen E. Groer, RN, PhD, FAAN, Gordon Keller Professor and Director of Women’s Health Research at the University of South Florida College of Nursing, in the WUSF’s documentary entitled Uniform Betrayal: Rape in the Military. The one-hour film looks at the problem of rape and sexual assault in the military from the viewpoint of survivors and experts studying the issue. Dr. Groer is the Principal Investigator for Nursing Health Initiative for Empowering Women Veterans, one of the five sub studies of Research to Improve Emotional Health and Quality of Life Among Service Members with Disabilities grant.Dr. Groer talking about women veterans health in Uniform Betrayal: Rape in the Military documentary. Photo/snapshot from HealthyState.org’s Uniform Betrayal: Rape in the Military film.
In the documentary, Dr. Groer spoke about the women veterans’ health study and the many women who reported sexual harassment and assault while serving in the military.
USF Nursing scientists, Nicole Williams and Bradley Kane, also appear in the documentary while analyzing samples in the USF Nursing lab. Photo/snapshot from HealthyState.org’s Uniform Betrayal: Rape in the Military film.
“We are very fortunate here in the College of Nursing to have received a grant from the Department of the Army to study the health of women veterans,” said Dr. Groer in the documentary. “The frequency of military sexual trauma seems to be increasing in the current conflicts compared to previous war experiences. Some people suggested that it is the way the military houses the individuals, some people talk about power relationships between superior officers and troops, some people talk about the resentment against women being in the military. We don’t know the reasons why.”
Documentary crews filmed inside the College of Nursing’s research lab while Dr. Groer’s lab technicians analyzed samples. Faculty also interviewed military women during the Empowering Women Veterans event that the Womens Health group hosted during USF Veterans Week at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) on Nov. 12, 2011.
The first free screening of the film was on April 23, 2012 at WUSF Studios followed by a panel discussion. A second screening was also held at the O’Cinema in Miami, Fla. on May 2, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
The documentary premiered on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:00 p.m. on WUSF.
To watch the entire documentary visit HealthyState.org.