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'Marines United' Photos: Some In 30K-Member Facebook Group Shared Naked Pictures

'Marines United' Photos: Some In 30K-Member Facebook Group Shared Naked Pictures

The U.S. Department of Defense is investigating a new online scandal: a secret Facebook group where hundreds of marines shared nude photos of female service members and veterans.

The shared drive was taken offline and the Naval Criminal Investigation Service is investigating "incidents related to the Marines United group", Marine Corps spokesman Captain Ryan Alvis told the Post.

More than two dozen women have been identified as being Marine officers and enlisted service members. The first two infantry women in the Marines were assigned on January 5. Sharing such photos, particularly without consent, is a violation of Facebook's terms of use, and of several articles covering Marine conduct. The Marines United group has a following of 30K. Two claimed former partners might have leaked their pictures, while others anxious about hacking.

It's something the Marine Corps acknowledged with Sgt. It also cautioned against a coming backlash from enlisted soldiers and vets: "The story will likely spark shares and discussions across social media, offering venues for Marines and former Marines who may victim blame, i.e., 'they shouldn't have taken the photos in the first place', or bemoan that they believe the Corps is becoming soft or politically correct".

"I expect that the Marine Corps commandant, General [Robert] Neller, will use his resources to fully investigate these acts and bring to justice any individuals who have broken the law and violated the rights of other servicemembers", Smith said.




After her photo was posted to the Marines United page on February 16, crude comments reportedly poured in. According to a description from a retired Marine on Reddit, the group has a history with this type of content, with a "vast majority of the posted items were pictures of girls posts without permission, revenge porn, creepy stalker-like photos taken of girls in public, talk about rape, racist comments and just straight bullshit".

"I think it undermines all of us female veterans who have fought struggled and worked perilously to prove that we belong in the Marine Corps", Gabaldon says.

Marine Lance Cpl. Marisa Woytek told the Washington Post that her photos had been taken from her Instagram account over the past six months and posted on the Marines United page multiple times without her permission.

A Marine who directly participates in, encourages or condones these actions may also face charges or adverse administrative actions. Ronald L. Green, the most senior Marine on active duty, wrote in an email. The Marines United Facebook closed group was made up of U.S. Marines on active-duty, as well as veterans of the Marine Corps.


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