Ohio woman central to Oscar-nominated documentary

CINCINNATI (AP) — A film that tells the story of a southwestern Ohio woman who left the Coast Guard after being beaten and raped by a supervisor will be among five nominees contending for a best documentary Oscar on Sunday.

“The Invisible War,” an investigative documentary that examines the epidemic of sexual assault in the military and why so few cases are prosecuted, introduces viewers to Kori Cioca, who grew up in Wilmington and now lives in Washington Township.

Cioca said that even now, seven years after the rape, she has post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, flashbacks and anxiety.

Sometimes she wakes her husband in the middle of the night and tells him to get his shotgun and investigate a strange noise.

“I put my train wreck out there so it could help someone else in the same situation,” the 27-year-old Cioca told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “I’m already messed up for the rest of my life.”

Cioca, who is married with two children, said she still feels pain in her jaw after it was dislocated during one of two assaults involving her supervisor and has to get five nerve-block injections in her face every three weeks so she can eat “real food” instead of a soft diet.

A message seeking comment was left at Coast Guard headquarters today.

The Coast Guard declined to pay to treat Cioca’s jaw, she said. It was paid for by anonymous donors who have seen “The Invisible War,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where the film won an audience award.

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