Watch The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo
This excellent award-winning documentary appeared on HBO. It focuses on a terrible conflict in the Congo which has cost millions of lives during the past two decades. The film, directed by Lisa F. Jackson, pays particular attention to one brutal aspect of that war, the systematic and intentional use of rape by military units as a tool to oppress and control the civilian population. The film maker interviews survivors of the crime who were willing to speak in public; many of the victims suffered intense social stigma after they were physically mistreated and some were later rejected by their husbands.