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The US Military Is Investigating a Horrifying Nude Photo Scandal

Reports claim that hundreds of Marines are in trouble after allegedly swapping nude Getty Images
Cris De Lacerda | 06 Marcha, 2017, 10:07

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.

A story on the investigation was published Saturday by The Center for Investigative Reporting and was completed by the nonprofit news organization The War Horse, which reports on war trauma.

It is unclear how many individuals were involved, a Marine spokesperson said to ABC News.

First Lieutenant Vernice Armour of Memphis, Tennessee, a Cobra pilot with the US Marines, at an air base in the Persian Gulf in 2003.

An undisclosed number of U.S. Marines are under investigation after it was revealed they shared hundreds, possibly thousands, of nude photos of female service members in a private Facebook group. The secret group called "Marines United" consists of almost 30,000 members including both active-duty and retired male US Marines, Navy Corpsmen and British Royal Marines. The hard drive contained images as well as the names and units of the women pictured. Not long after that, the nude photos started appearing, per The War Horse, and other members began posting sexually explicit and obscene comments about the women.

Representative Adam Smith, a Democrat from Washington State, and ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee called for a complete investigation and for proper care of the victims.

"Degrading behavior of this kind is entirely unacceptable", Mr. Thornberry said.

The naked photo scandal via the Marines United Facebook group has had a big effect upon the entire Marine Corp, according to the Marine Corps Times.

According to a document provided to generals, "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". She told the Post that numerous remarks included allusions to sexual assault and rape. "Even if I could, I'm never re-enlisting", Marine Lance Corporal Marisa Woytek said. "Military leaders have been aware of online bullying of female Marines since 2013 when I notified them of a denigrating Facebook page that encouraged sexual assault and abuse".

The Marine Corps posted a news release on its website March 5.

"For anyone to target one of our Marines, online or otherwise, in an inappropriate manner, is distasteful and shows an absence of respect", Neller said.