Friday, 10 March 2017

US military nude photo sharing scandal widens beyond marines #CAPnews

US servicemen from all parts of the military have been sharing nude photos of their female colleagues online, it has emerged.


Reports last week uncovered widespread photo sharing by current and former marines on Facebook, triggering a navy investigation.

The Pentagon said such behaviour was "inconsistent" with its values.
Post reads: Anybody able to post a dump from the FB page?: People who appear to be marines have been searching for saved pictures since the Facebook group closed
They often first post clothed photos of female personnel taken from their social media pages, and ask if any members have nude photos, which they call "wins". Others then post photos.


Those posting sometimes provide names and other details of women, including where they are stationed, and lewd comments accompany many posts.

The behaviour previously reported was confined to marines on Facebook. A Facebook group called Marines United with 30,000 members was recently closed down after the scandal erupted. A post read: "She in the navy down in San Diego. Anyone have any more wins?": Servicemen use the term "wins" to refer to nude photos
The marines top commander described the revelations as an "embarrassment". "When I hear allegations of marines denigrating their fellow marines, I don't think such behaviour is that of true warriors or war fighters," Gen Robert Neller said earlier this week.
But the message board on Anon-IB remains publicly accessible, and indicates that such practices extend throughout the military. 

"Just heard [name redacted] and her bf [name redacted] broke up," a comment on 19 December from an anonymous user on a post that appears to involve personnel at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska reads.
"Maybe he would post some."

Another post from a different anonymous user on 12 September reads: "Any wright patt wins? I'll start off with some". The post refers to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. 

The user then posts self-taken images of a woman in a bikini, and then topless. There are many more explicit images on the message board.

The US Defense Department said in a statement that it had issued "policy guidance" to prevent and deal with "sexual harassment and hazing".

It is developing a new "comprehensive workplace harassment prevention and response policy", spokesperson Myles Caggins. "The alleged behaviour is inconsistent with our values."

Although the Marines United Facebook group has now closed, there are at least half a dozen similar groups or sites, marine officials. The Senate Armed Services Committee is dues to hold a hearing on the issue next week. 
A post reads: "Any wins on Fort Bragg, NC": The Anon-IB message board remains publicly accessibleThe Anon-IB message board remains publicly accessible The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) has launched an investigation and has asked whistleblowers to come forward with information.

On Wednesday, two women who said they were victims spoke out publicly alongside their lawyer, urging others to come forward.

"I can tell you that this exact behaviour leads to the normalisation of sexual harassment and even sexual violence," said Erika Butner, 23, who served in the marines for four years until last June.

Marines United's activity was first uncovered by The War Horse, a non-profit news organisation run by marine veteran Thomas Brennan. Some of the photos are believed to have been taken surreptitiously. Other images are thought to have been consensual, but posted without permission. 

Follow us on social media
Post a Comment

People also Read this Posts