Investigation Widens to All Branches

Investigation Widens to All Branches

Investigation Widens to All Branches

"It would be hilarious if one of these Federal Bureau of Investigation or [Naval Criminal Investigative Service] f***s found their wife on here", one member commented.

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

The fresh allegations follow news that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service launched an investigation into a private Facebook page frequented by Marines where explicit photos of female service members were posted, often without their knowledge.

Service members alleged to have posted nude photos of their female colleagues on social media committed an "egregious violation" against the department's values, defense secretary James Mattis said on Friday.

"We will not excuse or tolerate such behavior if we are to uphold our values and maintain our ability to defeat the enemy on the battlefield", said Mattis.

Speier, who has pushed legislation for federal penalties against sharing nude photos without consent, will introduce a new measure early next week to amend the UCMJ to specifically outlaw the practice in the military as well.

Reporters were tipped that the site was being used for predatory behavior to share nude photos - some of them purely pornographic images of female Marines. NCIS is reportedly considering felony charges related to the group. According to veterans' news site Task & Purpose, the majority of members are posting from their personal Facebook accounts and are not only reconstructing the original cache of nude photos from the original group on a new DropBox folder, but are also posting on porn sites.

Some lawmakers have criticized the Marines for not responding forcefully enough to the scandal.

Marine Corps commanders have been called before Congress to explain this breach of discipline, which is seen as a serious recruiting issue for the Marines.

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"There will be some people who put photos up who clearly violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice", said Don Christensen, former Air Force Chief Prosecutor and president of Protect Our Defenders.

She said that the scariest message she received was from a man who said he knew when and where she had deployed, and who asked if she would have sex with him.

"We need to be brutally honest with ourselves and each other: This behavior hurts fellow Marines, family members, and civilians. I expect Marines to give their all to be the best human beings, teammates and Marines possible", Neller added.

On Wednesday, two women identifying themselves as victims appeared with their Los Angeles-based attorney, Gloria Allred, urging others to come forward and calling on Neller to meet with victims in person.

Audra told Marine Corps Times that she receives messages that generally say something like 'Where were you when I was in?

The Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled an open hearing on the scandal for March 14. "I kind of thought we were getting ready to modernize the force".

The webpage Just the Tip, of the Spear, an unofficial Marine Facebook page that has always been seen as the trailblazer for this type of harassment, addressed the scandal Thursday by reading a prepared statement on its radio show. "I think this shows a rotten culture in the military, and I'm not going to allow it to continue". She's also a captain in the Marine Corps Reserves. "And women, they did their thing".

"I am disheartened and disgusted with this scandal", said Butner, who served for four years until June 2016. "If it happened to me it's got to be happening to a lot of other females". "Let them do their job".

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