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Military investigating Marine nude photo scandal

06 March 2017

Marines United, a private Facebook group initially set up to help service members with post-traumatic stress, is under investigation after pictures of naked service women were posted on the social media page, according to the military news website.

Photos and information were shared to the Marines United Facebook page via linked Google Drive accounts, allowing soldiers to browse caches of photos and videos of women, information about their social media accounts, and more. The photo swaps began only a few weeks after the Marine infantry unit started to take women recruits.

There is an investigation into the matter, a Marine Corps spokesman at the Pentagon told The Marine Corps Times.

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Defenders of the group claim it is a resource for Marines suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, per the Marine Corps Times. The Marine Corps does not condone this sort of behavior which undermines our core values.

The veteran who initially posted the Google Drive link has been fired as his position as a government subcontractor. "As General Neller said in his recent Message to the Force, the Marine Corps' success in battle depends on trust, mutual respect, and teamwork", said Captain Ryan Alvis, a public affairs officer for the Marines.

And then, of course, members of the "Marines United" group would comment on what they'd like to do to them, and it got graphic.

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According to the reports, one Marine followed a woman corporal and photographed her as she picked up a gear. One female Marine, who spoke to The Verge on the condition of anonymity, noted that while she did not believe that she was directly impacted by this specific incident, she had been personally affected "by this type of thing". The existence of the page's activities, confirmed by the Department of Defense, was first uncovered by The War Horse editor-in-chief Tom Brennan, a Marine veteran himself. This behavior destroys morale, erodes trust, and degrades the individual. "The military men and women who proudly volunteer to serve their country should not have to deal with this kind of reprehensible conduct".

"For anyone to target one of our Marines, online or otherwise, in an inappropriate manner, is distasteful and shows an absence of respect", he said in a statement. The Marines United Facebook closed group was made up of U.S. Marines on active-duty, as well as veterans of the Marine Corps. She proposed multiple bills aimed to reduce sexual assault and sexual harassment in the Marines. Hundreds of pictures in total (maybe more) were shared.

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Military investigating Marine nude photo scandal