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Shirlee Zane to host screening of 'The Invisible War'

Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane and Kate Weber, an advocate for victims of military sex crimes, will host a free screening of the award-winning documentary, "The Invisible War" Tuesday night in the Board of Supervisors chambers.

Zane and Weber will answer questions following the screening of the 97-minute documentary on sexual assault in the armed forces.

"Kate Weber is my hero for speaking out about sexual assault in the military," Zane said.

Weber, a Rohnert Park resident, is among the military rape victims who appears in the film, which was nominated for an Academy Award last year and won numerous honors, including the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.

California Democratic Reps. Jackie Speier, Loretta Sanchez and Susan Davis also appear in the film.

Weber, who enlisted in the Army in 1993, said she was raped by another soldier assigned to her transportation company based in Germany the following year, when she was 18.

She reported the crime to other soldiers and officers, including an Army physician, but the military police were never called in, she said.

Weber was recently named veteran of the year by the Veterans Caucus of the California Democratic Party.

The screening will be at 6 p.m. on April 1, 2014 in the supervisors' chambers, 575 Administration Drive, Santa Rosa.

Due to limited seating, free tickets are required and can be obtained through Eventbrite <a href="http://tinyurl.com/SC-invisible-war" target="_blank">here</a>.


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